FAITH OR CERTAINTY? 21.02.19
Where are you on the scale of faith and trust? Do you need to know the outcome before you will trust/obey/follow? Do you find yourself ridden with doubts and fears, needing control and certainty, predictability? Or are you able to just follow where He leads, and go with the flow? Total dependency is the only way to enjoy the journey. Enjoying the journey requires trust, faith, total dependency on The One Who knows the end from the beginning, not on the self that wants predictability, certitude, self-sufficiency, and control.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of realities not seen. For by it the elders received commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen did not come from anything visible” (Heb.11:1-3). Faith is the driving force behind all hope for the believer’s future. Only by faith did Abraham become the father of nations; only by faith did Abraham become the father of our faith: “if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed—heirs according to the promise” (Gal.3:29).
There was nothing certain about it, nothing predictable for Abraham when God called him to “Get going out from your land, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you” (Gen.12:1). It took courage, faith, acted out in obedience. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he was to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he migrated to the land of promise” (Heb.11:8,9). Only because of our faith in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach can we who become “sons of God through trusting in Messiah Yeshua. For all of you who were immersed in Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah” (Gal.3:26,27). By faith, we “are all one in Messiah Yeshua” (Gal.3:28).
Just as when Adonai called Abraham, the disciples were called by Yeshua to follow Him, without any job description, blueprint, or even a salary. Yeshua just said “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt.4:19); “If anyone wants to follow after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt.16:24,25); “He said to another, “Follow Me”” (Lk.9:59). There were no guarantees about anything. It’s like Jason Upton says: “Following Jesus is not safe . . .” (https://youtu.be/NxREbFq5gUs ). “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Lk.9:58). No five-star hotel . . . Freedom comes when the need for certainty is crucified.
“Jesus says, “Come take My Hand and follow Me” . . . . The Journey only happens when you take His Hand and let Him lead . . .” (Jason Upton, https://youtu.be/zpfDyEekqL8 ). “The question was never “where is God?” The question is “Where are you?” We distance from God; then we blame Him for the distance . . . .” When we can’t hear Him we think He’s not there; but most of the time it’s only because we are too busy doing our own thinking, calculating, analyzing; our thoughts get in the way of hearing Him. We want to figure it all out because, “We want certainty; we want absolutes; we don’t want faith, we want certainty; we want Him to rip open the heavens and just come down and tell us to behave. . . Sometimes I’d like Jesus to come down and tell us what to do, but Jesus doesn’t do it that way; He takes us on a journey .. .” (Jason Upton, https://youtu.be/zpfDyEekqL8). Freedom comes when the unknown loses its power to put us in bondage to fear.
As nebulous and abstract as it may be, faith is real. “Life is routine, and routine is resistance to wonder,” (Upton, https://youtu.be/NxREbFq5gUs), so depicts our faith walk to me. When we resist the wonder of what God has done, is doing, and will do, the potential of what He can work in our lives is subject to our self-inflicted routines which place restrictions on what we are willing to let go of, and therefore what He can release into our lives. It is this very form of resistance that restricts and inhibits our faith walk. To one who walks with the Lord, who walks in the Spirit, “Faith isn’t make-believe; faith is seeing things that aren’t easily seen and making them seeable to the world . . .” (Jason Upton, https://youtu.be/zpfDyEekqL8 ). Moving beyond that which one can see is a true movement of faith, a movement not bound by the need for certainty, nor hindered by routine. Try it and see. It will take you outside the box. It will remove your need to have everything in neat little compartments. It will move you to higher levels and take you deeper. Faith will surpass the need for certainty, and you will indeed “renew your strength, and mount up with wings like eagles . . .” (Isa.40:31).
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