“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
I was recently marveling over how God worked out a situation I’d been praying about and had to laugh at myself. How is it that we believe God can do anything, but then seem surprised when He does? Do we guard ourselves with low-expectations because we don’t want to have our faith rattled if what we’ve hoped for doesn’t happen? Hmm, that doesn’t sound like the way God would have us live, but I can think of someone else (cue evil villain music: boo, hiss) who could get some mileage out of that dreary disposition.
Although God isn’t our personal genie in a bottle or empowering magician to help us do parlor tricks like moving things on command, I think I was on to something all those years ago when practicing my “mustard seed faith” in church (see part 1). I truly believed that I had That Much Faith and was bold enough to try it out. Willingness is a good place to start. Look how far the disciples came from their willing (albeit self-focused) plea of “Increase our faith!” to their displays as mighty men of faith after being ignited into action by the Holy Spirit.
When I read about the amazing things the apostles did in the name of Jesus in Acts, I can’t help but get a little fired-up. The way I see it, there’s no reason He couldn’t do equally amazing things through us today. It’s just a matter of taking That Much Faith, combining it with That Much Humility, and boldly letting God display That Much Glory through Christ in us.