Tell me — do you have an “all-in faith” or are you reaching for “security-blanket safe”?
In all fairness, and to extend some grace, it’s not in our innate nature to reach for or cling to something we physically cannot hold or see.
Grasping and believing in God’s promises, without seeing, is the product of faith, obedience, discipline, and trust.
I know there are moments this can be so incredibly difficult. The ugly truth is, what is physically in front of you is almost always more comfortable than blindly believing in something that can’t necessarily be assured before you.
Before you know it, you’re bound by the cycle of control.
Comfort —> Complacency —> Control
08/06/19 I was reading in Genesis and came across “The Tower of Babel” passage:
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-4
In all honesty, this seemed like a passage I was just “reading through” because I didn’t really understand the context. Something had spurred my curiosity, and I felt The Lord tugging on my heart that there was something in this passage I could learn from. I went over to, my all-time go-to, Enduring Word Biblical Commentary , to gain perspective and understanding.
Sure enough, I was heavily convicted.
This passage reveals the desire of man to take things into ones own hands because of the fear and uncertainty found in trusting in God’s plan.
Enduring Word states:
“The heart and the materials relevant to the tower of Babel show that it was not only disobedient to God’s command to fill the earth (Genesis 9:1), but it also shows man did not believe God’s promise to never again flood the earth. A waterproof tower was made to protect man against a future deluge.”
When I read this, my conviction came as I began to relate to the way they responded; they responded out of fear. I recognized how easily I can still find myself reaching for what is in front of me, planning and organizing things that are in my control, and finding comfort in what I can physically see. Trusting in what is unseen can still to this day be incredibly hard for me.
Just as the people used their bricks to build their tower wall high, our wrestling for control builds up our own wall that keeps God outside. While we think building up our own walls is for our own protection, at any instance God can still tear it right back down. Defying His will, by fighting to figure things our in our way, only leads us to disappointment. Our vision of what is best for us taints and morphs our trust in believing God’s way is what is best for us. When “our” outcomes don’t come to pass, we immediately resort to feeling and believing the lie that it has to be because God is against us…
Yet, time and time again…when I’ve taken those leaps of faith, trusted in God’s hand, and or taken Him up on His call’s for me to act in obedience to “go”—
He has proven
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
to be FAITHFUL.
And ultimately beyond greater than my original plan.
I’m simply reminded, I’ve just got to trust Him.
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Un-clench those fists that persistently grasp on to that security blanket, and trust that your God has this. Having an “all-in faith” opens up the floodgates to experience His mercy, His goodness, and His grace. Things may not come to pass in our time or our way, but scripture declares that God’s way is promising and will never fail you on any given day.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’—the things God has prepared for those who love him—“ 1 Corinthians 2:9