Daily leaps of faith

I’m scared of heights.  I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have a phobia.   I’m fine in a plane, but in a tall building or on a hilltop … not so fine!

A few years ago, I went to Ocean City with some friends. The condo we stayed in was probably on the 30th floor, with a tiny balcony overlooking the water.  I got up the nerve to step onto the balcony, leaned on the railing, and looked over.  Yikes!

But I did it!  I trusted somehow that the railing wouldn’t disintegrate and that I wouldn’t plunge thirty floors to my death.

We make  trust-based assumptions each day regarding inanimate objects.  I like to call those assumptions “daily leaps of faith.”  

  • The car will not malfunction and spin out of control on the highway.
  • The refrigerator will keep our food cold.
  • The chair won’t suddenly break apart while you’re seated in it.
  • The elevator won’t plummet 10 floors while you’re in it.

So then… why then can’t we trust God fully?

I know that we can’t see or touch Him, but if we’ve developed a relationship with Him and believe that He is who His Word says He is, what’s the cause of our unbelief?

I want to encourage us all to take daily leaps of faith in God, the type of faith that kicks fear in the butt and propels us to do great exploits in God.

Imagine if we had the type of faith that made a huge difference in other people’s lives because we believed that God would give us the ability to do the things that He put us here to do:

  • Faith to intercede with power and to see those prayers answered.
  • Faith to lay hands on the sick and to believe for their healing.
  • Faith to give abundantly and to sow financially into the lives of others.
  • Faith to maintain faith in unbelievably difficult situations. 

Hebrews 11, the faith chapter, lists several Old and New Testament saints who believed God against the odds.  They leaned against the railing of God and saw Him hold them up in incredibly challenging circumstances.  Of Abel, it says in The Message:  “It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference.”

Hmmm.  What are you going to believe today that will make a difference in your life?  What’s going to be your leap of faith?

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