Faith is the bedrock that makes all the other things not just possible but inevitable. Acknowledging that God has created you in order for you to succeed brings contentment. Accepting that he has made you a promise, given you a promise, allows you to trust that even the time of your life that you spend on the left has a purpose and a meaning. You may bend, but you will not break. It is easier to have confidence in ourselves when we have confidence in God’s power and love for us.
The story of Noah tells us how faith can take us beyond our five senses. Noah was nearing the end of his life when the Lord called him.
He didn’t want to start an immense new project; he wanted to collect himself and tie things up for the next life. He couldn’t imagine that it would rain so much that the earth would be drowned. He didn’t know how to build an ark. But by committing himself, by entrusting himself to God, he saved himself, his family, and all the creatures of the earth.
This story is telling us a couple of things. One is that if you commit to your God idea, things will happen to you that will astonish you. No matter what you can imagine, God will put you in charge of a project that you couldn’t have ever imagined before. It will be so big that it seems ridiculous. Can you imagine Noah going into the Home Depot of his day and asking for thousands of board feet of lumber? And he was building this boat in the middle of dry land. Not only that, he didn’t really feel like doing it, and nobody was there to help him. But despite all the evidence of his eyes and ears, he trusted in the Lord and committed himself to the project. He worked at it every day, and he kept working because he had a cause that was bigger than himself, even bigger than his family. There must be success beyond ourselves or we will be no more than ourselves. I’ve said that if you don’t change, you’ll never be more than you are now. It’s also true that if you don’t get beyond yourself, you’ll never be more than who you are.
Noah didn’t stop and worry about whether he was doing the right thing, he didn’t doubt that his project was a worthy one, he didn’t wonder if he was just wasting his time. Understanding that God has made a plan for you-for your own good-makes it easier to get off your own back. What you think of as a weakness may be a special kind of strength that He has given you. Your job is to find a use for it. You may disappoint yourself, but if you accept that even the disappointment is part of God’s purpose, you see that it is a challenge that he has given you to overcome.
CHALLENGE: Take a minute and think about whether or not you believe in the possibility of something more…something bigger than you…something bigger than where you are at today. Sometimes we don’t see the possibility and have to remind ourselves that is there. “I believe in the possibility that things will get better. I believe in the possibility that I am a called to do more than what I’ve done so far. I believe in the possibility that I can begin today.” Faith in the possibility is of utmost importance. It’s not faith in what you know you are sure of (that’s not faith), its faith in the possibility there could be more…more that you can see right now.