I don’t think I can put into words the wisdom I have read from other people the last several days about living out our faith and trusting God while we are in essential free fall in the world (whatever the situation may be).
I think the cores of what I have seen and read are:
- Faith that cannot be put into action is dead – James 2:17. It’s a dead battery. You can’t get the car to jump start. The engine won’t turn over. Because this basically means if we don’t trust Jesus enough for him to take us from a quiet, safe zone into a place where there is uncertainty, where we don’t know how to get to a good ending, where there is the potential for fear and even intense anxiety, and not believe that he controls our life situation, we have trust issues in him. It signals we struggle with understanding that he is God. And as God he can do whatever he wants. However, his heart toward us is good and he does good toward us in all things (Romans 8:28). This is all to answer the question of our relationship with him in, Do we really love and trust and believe in him enough to be in free fall and trust that he will catch us, even if there’s no safety net below, no parachute and only his promise that he will appear and move before we hit the ground? When physics and our eyesight of the ground rapidly approaching tells us that we are about to be smashed to bits, do we still trust his words and promises?
- What do we really want with God? – Do we seek deeper intimacy with him? If so, are we willing to walk through trials to deepen that dependency and trust with him? Are we willing to be in situ and not waste the day, instead using the current day to press deeper into his arms? We can use the current crisis (whatever that may be for you) to draw us closer to his chest, hiding our eyes from the lie of the world, or we can choose to look out into fear, and not believe he is with us. Do we want him, do we desire him? Do we dare do things that may be scary in order to deepen intimacy with him? It’s a Gethsemane type problem.
I’m in situ in this in my life. I’m in free fall. And after all the conversations with other people I have had over the past several days, I’m realizing I’m not the only one. I woke up to see that there are so many of us falling toward a hard ground. But we have this promise that Jesus will rescue us, he will save the day. Just as he did with the Israelites right before the Egyptians caught up to them to attack them.
So…let’s love Jesus wholeheartedly, to the point that if we are tested, our hearts will be shown to be true and faithful, just as he is Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11)
Hope you are having a wonderful day! I would LOVE to hear about where you are at with Jesus right now and would really love to pray over you if you’d like 🙂
Hope that Jesus puts an extra smile on your face this afternoon (or evening or morning, depending on which hemisphere you are in). Because you are awesome. He definitely thinks so!!