FAITH MAKES YOU DO THE UNTHINKABLE

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FAITH MAKES YOU DO THE UNTHINKABLE

When was the last time you did something unthinkable? Really, think about it? When was the last time you did something really outrageous? Probably never, right? Many of us never jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet with just a parachute. Nor do we snowboard down a sheer cliff face. I’d wager, we don’t even drive our cars fast enough to be of any real danger to ourselves. But today, I want us to take a long honest look at our lives and how far we have come. Pay attention to the things that we take for granted. Look again at the things that we no longer marvel at and see why, just like how we have taken those things for granted, we can rely on our faith to turn what we think is unthinkable now, into commonplace reality.

People jump out of planes with parachutes because they have faith that the parachute will open. People snowboard down a cliff face because they have faith that the safety measures they have put in place will work. To many of us, doing those same things would be unthinkable. And why? That’s because we don’t have the same kind of faith in the parachute as the parachutist does. And that’s because we haven’t spent as much time with the parachute as the parachutist has. I think you can see where I’m going with this.

But, have you made a call from your cellphone lately? Thirty years ago, no one would pick up a plastic box, pushed a few buttons and expected to be able to be connected via voice, to someone else far away. Sent an email lately? Forty years ago, no one would type words on a computer screen and expect that someone far away would receive that message at the click of a button. And why is that? Simple really, isn’t it? Because they do not have the same kind of faith that we have in our devices. So if we have faith that the airplane we are about to board, or the car we are about to drive, will get us to our destination safely; do we have the same faith that our Father will get us to His desired destination for us, safely?

“My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”” Psalm 42:3

When those around you deride you for your faith; when things are not going well; when you are under tremendous pressure till your tears become your food; where do you go? Who do you turn to? What or who do you have faith in to turn things around for you? For many of us, there are three options; if they can be found where we are, our shrinks, else it would be our drinks, else it would be our Twinkies. Food, I mean. I was just trying to find a word that rhymes with ‘shrink’ and ‘drink’ but ‘twink’ just has a whole other meaning, so let’s not go there. But I digress.

Why do we do that? For us who believe in Jesus, for us who know that our eternal future is secure, for us who believe in scripture, for us who know that God is our loving Father; why do we turn to anyone and everyone else but Him? After all, it’s not a case of not knowing who we are to Him, we do. And it’s not a case of not knowing what He has promised us, we do. After all, didn’t John say,

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

So we know. And since we know, shouldn’t our response be rather like this?

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.” Psalm 42:11

Indeed, the more our emotions get the better of us, the more the world tells us that we are in a rut, the more they deride us for our faith, the more we should respond like this,

“O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.” Psalm 42:6

Because my soul is downcast, therefore I will remember our Father. Now that’s faith. But really, is it any more faith than, us saying that because I want to make a call, therefore I shall pick up my cellphone?

Think about it. Engines fail and planes crash. Brakes fail and cars crash. Yet we have faith that our cars and our flights will get us to our destination. So all the more, shouldn’t we have faith that our Father who loves us will get us there? After all our Father is the one who,

“…created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

And “God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]
Psalm 42 was penned by the sons of Korah. Now, Korah was quite a character. You can read more about him here. But suffice to say that he led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron that led to him being punished by God; and his was no ordinary punishment either.

“And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. But if the Lord creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord.”
Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly.” Numbers 16:28-33

Yet Korah’s sons were spared and they ended up becoming a notable line which spawned the prophet Samuel and they were put in charge of praise and worship during David’s reign. So in their own lives, they have seen the mercies and favor of our Father. They have spent time with Him, they know how He works, they have experienced His power. And that is why they can have the faith to pen these words.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.” Psalm 42:1

What would be our modern translation? If we were to pen this same song now, what would be our opening? Dare I hazard to guess that for many of us, it would be this.

‘As my mouth longs for burger and fries,
So my day will wrecked if my cellphone is kaput.’

True? But you know what? If we spend as much time with our Father as we do with our mobile devices, social media accounts, cars and other things that we depend on, we will realize, through Him opening our eyes to the times in our lives when He has pulled us out from our ruts, that even though,

“My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”” Psalm 42:3

And even though

“When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.” Psalm 42:4

Yet it seems that

“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.” Psalms 42:7

And

“As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”” Psalm 42:10

We will still realize that

“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8

Why? Because,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Don’t gloss over it. Read the verse again. Because that is the reason why Jesus says,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

Yes, in this world that we live in right now, trusting God, believing in His love, letting Him guide us, is unthinkable; in much the same way that flying was unthinkable 100 years ago; using a cellphone was unthinkable 30 years ago; and peace in your heart despite your current challenges was unthinkable 5 minutes ago.

Yet, trusting in the one who made the Heavens and the Earth is probably the most sensible thing you could ever do, especially when things get too much for you to handle; for He is, after all, God.

So let your faith give you the strength to do the unthinkable and turn your troubles over to our Father. For

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

We who believe are different because of our faith. And we can be different because of our Father. So dare to be different, because that is who you really are. And let your faith make you do the unthinkable, trust Him.

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