How can any person, without the aid of any motorized help, leap from one rim of the Grand Canyon to the other, Lord?
It’s impossible! It violates every natural law.
Isn’t that how can appear for someone trying to “leap” across the chasm between their lifelong belief in lies and their first-time belief in Truth? Doesn’t such a leap also look impossible?
But this is different… isn’t it, Lord? This kind of leap is not dependent on natural laws. And You are in charge of the supernatural ones!
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
What does it mean to believe anything or anyone? It means to have faith in it or them. To trust. To affirm. To have confidence. Each of these words reinforce each other.
FAITH is having complete trust or confidence in someone or something. TRUST is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. AFFIRM means to state as fact, assert something strongly and publicly. CONFIDENCE is the belief that one can rely on someone or something.
Who is more worthy of our faith, trust, affirmation and confidence than You, Lord?
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
“I am The Way and The Truth and The Life.” (John 14:6)
“Yes, but…” I have heard that expression way too much lately. It is particularly revealing when it is someone’s default response to Your Word, Lord. How can there be any “but” when Your Word is always true?
Yes, but… I don’t feel it. Yes, but… it can’t be true for me. Yes, but… I have only seen the opposite in my experience. Yes, but… Yes, but… Yes, but…
Maybe it was “Doubting Thomas” who first coined the phrase “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
“Now Thomas… was not with the disciples when Jesus came… he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25)
How profoundly true is that statement when the verbs are reversed! “I’ll see it when I believe it.”
Because our belief is the “lens” through which we view the world. Whatever we “believe” is what we have faith in. What we trust. What we affirm. What we place our confidence in.
Some empirical research suggests we literally cannot even see or perceive actual data points that fall outside of (or contradict) our belief!
What — or who — we believe matters.
Case in point: What if the object of our belief is a LIE?
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened… They exchanged the truth about God for a lie…” (Romans 1:21,25a)
“[The devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10a)
Why would we hold onto such death, Lord, when You offer us such LIFE?
“I have come that they may have Life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b)
“If you hold to My teaching… Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31)
“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Is it really as simple as our choosing well, Lord?
“… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Not easy, when we have believed lies for decades. Not easy, perhaps… but simple.
“Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:8b-10)
Now THAT is a prayer!!!
Praying tonight for so many loved ones.
May they be choosing True Freedom, by Your Truth…
and leaping The Chasm, by Your Spirit!