Girlfriends in God - Thursday, February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015
Lessons Learned from The Last Crusader
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it (Hebrews 11:1, ICB).

Friend to Friend
I have a love-hate relationship with the movie, “The Last Crusader.” The hero Indiana Jones is constantly hovering above some bottomless pit, or dodging bullets, flying knives, as well as hoards of sinister enemies and nasty creatures trying to kill him and prevent him from completing his mission.

It is exhausting to watch.

One part of the movie stands out above the rest as terrifying moments go. As usual, Indiana is on the run and comes to a chasm he must cross in order to obtain the Holy Grail. No bridge. No net. No ropes or hat tricks - just air, and nothing but air.

At this point in the movie, I am looking for a tangible resolution to Indiana’s predicament. Maybe a hidden elevator built into the side of the abyss or an alternate route to the treasure. You know, something you could touch and see and … well, explain.

Instead, the treasure map dictates a ridiculous solution that makes no sense at all - but demands a huge step of faith - literally. If Indiana will just step over the edge of that bottomless pit … a bridge, a rock wall will appear.

Right!

How about that bridge appears and then Indiana traipses across it?

Nope.

That is not the plan.

Even though I have seen the movie several times, my stomach still lurches as Indiana closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, and cautiously steps out into air above the seemingly bottomless abyss. If the treasure map is wrong, and the wall does not appear, Indiana Jones will surely plummet to his death. Fortunately, the clue is correct, the wall does appear, and Indiana Jones races across to safety, resuming his quest.

In order to experience the power of God, we have to be willing to step out in faith, even when it seems there is no way and no solution to the problem at hand. And if that is not hard enough, we often have to take that step of faith when every ounce of human strength is gone.

And there you have it … the perfect setting for one of God’s miracles.

God will strengthen us as we go. He is the Way Maker. The only thing that really matters is the fact that God sends us.

The Coast Guard has a motto: “You must go out, but you don’t have to come back.” A powerful life is fueled by the kind of faith that steps out in obedience and lets God worry about whether or not we come back.

At the center of every challenge is an opportunity for trust in God to work.

Every problem contains a concentrated opportunity and offers the option of stepping out in faith. 

The highest truths God has to offer are rarely wrapped in a beautifully wrapped package and handed to us on a silver platter. I am convinced our Father takes heaven-sent treasures, buries them at the heart of a huge problem, then watches and applauds when we have what it takes to break that problem apart to find the wealth hidden inside.

And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness - secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name (Isaiah 45:3, NLT).

Some things cannot be learned in the light. The greatest treasures are often buried in the deepest pits, and require a step of faith to discover.

We all have faith. We go to a doctor we don’t really know and are handed a prescription we cannot read. We then take that prescription to a pharmacist, a total stranger, who presents us with a mysterious bottle filled with pills that we proceed to swallow – all in faith.

Our problem is not so much a lack of faith. It is where we place that faith that matters.

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it (Hebrews 11:1, ICB).

Faith is built upon trust. God wants us to trust Him - even when we do not understand what is happening. Even when nothing makes sense, and everything seems wrong.

It is easy to trust Him when the seas are calm, and the skies are clear. But the strength of our faith is measured in the midst of a raging storm.

A crisis always reveals what is really inside. What life does to us depends on what life finds in us. Faith is a deliberate choice to believe God, to walk through our fear, knowing we can trust Him every step of the way.

Let’s Pray
Father, I am tired of living a life that can be explained and understood in human terms. My heart longs to walk by faith, counting on Your strength instead of my own. Today, I choose to trust You instead of demanding an explanation for what is happening in my life. Right now, I choose to walk through my fear and step out in faith.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
What is the greatest storm in your life today?
What step do you need to take to face that trial with faith instead of fear?
What is keeping you from trusting God and stepping out in faith?

More from the Girlfriends
What does it mean to trust God? What would your life look like if you were walking by faith and trusting God with your whole heart? The 10-Day Trust Adventure addresses every decision you make in every area of your life - including your past and future, your family and friendships, your finances and work - and how to make those decisions as you step out in faith and really trust God. Check it out! And be sure to connect with Mary through email or on Facebook.

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