Which seems bigger, your problems or your God? If your problems are dwarfing your faith, you may need a bigger God.
When Larry attended Grace Theological Seminary, our family lived on a small lake in northern Indiana right below the Snowbelt. My jaw dropped the first time I saw heavy trucks travel across frozen water. When we moved to Raleigh, my kindergarten-aged son remembered the trucks on the lake. He tried to scoot across a North Carolina pond after only a few days of freezing weather. Thankfully, he fell through at the shallow edge.
My son’s experience presented a great object lesson. Faith is only as reliable as its object. Great faith in thin ice can’t hold up a child. The thickness of the ice, not the driver’s faith, held up the truck in Indiana.
Rahab, an Unexpected Example of Faith
Joshua chapters two and six tell the story of God’s deliverance of a pagan prostitute. Rahab heard that God promised to give her country to Israel. She heard how God had defeated stronger armies for Israel’s sake. He’d even parted the Red Sea decades earlier to deliver Israel from Pharaoh.
Rahab heard these stories and dared to ask God to deliver her and her family when he destroyed her country. Her faith worked because she trusted a great God, not because of the size of her faith, the depth of her knowledge, or the breadth of her experience.
Have you ever thought, When I have more spiritual knowledge and experience, then I’ll boldly trust God? Thirty-eight years before Rahab hid the two spies in her inn, Moses had sent twelve spies into the Promised Land. Ten of the twelve Hebrew spies believed their eyes instead of God’s promises.Have you ever thought, when I have more spiritual knowledge and experience, then I’ll boldly trust God? #faith #Rahab busts that myth. Click To Tweet
The men that had personally witnessed God’s ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea believed their enemies viewed them as grasshoppers to be squashed. They were wrong. When Jericho looked at Israel, they didn’t see grasshoppers. They saw a big God who fought for his people. And their hearts melted in fear.
In What Are You Trusting?
Physical senses are unreliable indicators of spiritual realities. We can’t see God’s power or plan with human eyes. God and his Word are the objects of unshakable faith. Those who trust in him will not be disappointed.
The ten spies measured their chances for success by comparing themselves with their enemies. Their bad report caused all of Israel to rebel against God. They should have compared their enemies to their God. Their lack of faith harmed the loved ones they’d hoped to protect.
God closed the Promised Land to that rebellious generation. More knowledge, more experiences, and more time never grow passive faith.
Many things distract us from simple faith. We begin our journey trusting God to guide. Somewhere in our walk, we discover we’ve slipped into trusting our ability to hear. We trust God’s promise to provide, but circumstances shake us, and we begin to rely on our capacity to produce. Despite our best efforts, feelings vacillate, negative thoughts attack, and our five senses redefine spiritual realities.
Paul wrote: “I know whom I have believed,” not what (2 Tim. 1:12; emphasis mine). Jesus alone remains the same “yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). He alone is the unshakable object of faith. Every day we need to remember the size of our God.
On what are you focused, the size of your problems, or the size of your God?
Adapted from Little Women, Big God