May 18, 2021
The life of faith is sometimes pictured as God calling us out into the deep waters where we quickly find ourselves in over our heads. This is actually an accurate illustration of what following Jesus is supposed to look like. God does give you more than you can handle. God does put impossibilities in front of you. God does ordain circumstances that are not within your strength to handle, fix, or overcome. The reason that God does these types of things is because, if you could handle this stuff on your own, you would never learn to depend upon Him. If you never learn to depend upon Him, you will never know what it means to partner with Him. When God calls you out into deep waters, doubt will tell you to locate a sandbar that you can stand on. There’s no glory on a sandbar. He wants you in over your head because that is where He swims.
In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff uses a familiar story in Mark 9 to help us acknowledge our doubts, mark them as unworthy, and overcome them in growing trust of God and His ways. Everyone struggles somewhere along the line to trust God. We are called and empowered to live rich lives of growing trust…but not by continually playing it safe.
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