Believing Jesus is the Son of God is more than just head knowledge. It means resisting sin and obeying His commands. Well, believing in His promises means living fully dependent on them. This is what I am learning.
I have grown up memorizing Bible verses about God never leaving us and protecting us and being good and all… yet, I am still a very fearful person. Every ‘leap of faith’ is cautiously calculated and timidly executed as if God will let me down… or as if He doesn’t exist… at… all. Wow,… I would never verbally admit that I doubt the character or even the existence of God but actions and feelings are more honest than words.
My faith is small. But God is not small. The God who created the Heavens and Earth, the God who parted waters and brought cities to their knees, the God who raised the dead, healed the sick, calmed storms, fed thousands with one basket, conquered sin and set us free for eternity is also the same God who says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2, ESV) I cannot allow the metaphorical language trivialize the power in this promise. But rather it should magnify the authority and might in His words. As I follow Christ, there is nothing, no nothing, that can separate us. Nothing will stand between me and eternity with Christ. The victory is already His.
What would my life look like if I truly believed these promises with all that I am? How different would the day in the life of me be if every step, every decision I made was completely dependent on God? It would be very counter-cultural, that’s for sure. It would be a life full of abundant joy, peace, and freedom. Oh LORD, forgive my unbelief. Increase my faith. My hope is in You alone.
Deuteronomy 31:6 [ESV]
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
1 Samuel 12:16 [ESV]
“Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.”
1 Kings 9:56 [ESV]
“Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.”
Psalm 121:4,4 [ESV]
“He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.”