HE SEES IT WAY BEFORE

“I don’t know if I can…”

“Maybe I’m not the person for this…”

“How do you know I can…”

These are a few questions that may run through our mind when God asks us to accomplish a task for Him.

This was God’s statement to Gideon.

The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:12)

The funny thing is this – he hasn’t even gone to war yet!

None… nada… zilch.

But God declared way before the first battle, ‘you are a mighty warrior.’  You are the man!  You can do it.

The key was the next statement God gives him,

“I WILL be with you…” (Judges 6:16)

This only says one thing – we can’t but God can.

Then that settles it.

PERFECTLY SATISFIED

George Mueller’s one of my heroes of the faith.

He was an intense Christ-follower, a great man of faith, and director of orphanages in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care.

A story is told when his wife became ill with rheumatic fever, he went to God in prayer…

“Yes, my Father, the times of my darling wife are in Thy hands.  Thou wilt do the very best thing for her and for me, whether life or death.  If it may be, raise up yet again my precious wife – Thou art able to do it, though she is so ill; but howsoever Thou dealest with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Thy holy will.”

What a prayer!

However you deal with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Your holy will.

Wow.  What quiet assurance!

Lord, when tough circumstances arise, I know that You are more than able to deliver.  But when You don’t, help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Your holy will. AMEN!

HOW THICK IS YOUR FAITH?

Picture 1“It’s not the size of your faith but the object of your faith.”

Jenn and I stayed in St. Petersburg, Russia for a year to help Pastor Michael Paderes plant a church.  During our stay, we were able to go through the complete four season experience – summer, autumn, winter and spring.

Winter time, Neva River, the main river that runs thru St. Pete freezes over.  We’ve had the fun experience of walking on top of it.

But before stepping onto the ice, because it’s my first time, there’s a level of fear/anxiety that comes.  I can try to convince myself and speak positivity into the situation and say “I won’t go through and sink… I won’t go through and sink… I won’t go through and sink.”  No matter how hard I try to convince myself, if the ice is just 2 inch thick, I’ll be an ice cube in no time.

However, if I stand by the river, though I may be full of anxiety, yet if the ice is 2 feet thick, when I jump, I will not go through.

The point?  It’s not about the size of our faith but the object of our faith.  Why can we jump into the river?  Because our God is big, no matter how small our faith is.