Trusting God is my biggest problem in all of life. I’m ridiculously independent... well, that and prideful. Not a great combination.
This past year or so the Lord has been taking me through this process of trusting Him in some CRAZY (to me) areas. He has called me to trust Him in ways that I, number 1, didn’t realize I wasn’t, and, number 2, never thought He’d ask it.
We’ll I wasn’t and He did. So here we are.
This morning I was reading in Matthew and came across the story of when Jesus cursed the fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22). It is actually kind of a crazy story. It says that Jesus was hungry and when He came to the fig tree and saw that it had no fruit he cursed it and it withered.
If he was hungry, why didn’t he just cause it to sprout a fresh fig? More than likely and yet again, He sacrificed He personal comfort so that we could learn a lesson.
What he said next to the confused disciples grabbed me in a whole new way this morning:
“If you HAVE FAITH and DO NOT DOUBT, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ IT WILL HAPPEN. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, IF YOU HAVE FAITH.”
So this morning I found myself desperate for this faith. A faith that could take this mountain of unbelief and fear and throw it into the sea-- completely drowned, never to breath again!
This leads me to one final thought...
Do we pray in faith any more or do we pray in the comfort of “your will be done?”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to stop praying for God’s will to be done. But shouldn’t we pray with faith for greater things since we don’t know what His will is?! Isaiah 55:8-9 says that His ways and thoughts are greater and higher. If we believe in His sovereignty we trust that regardless His will will be done. But don’t we want our faith to be evident to Him that we believed for great things, then when His greater thing comes, we knew He would amaze us all.
I think sometimes we pray “your will be done” not because we want to honor His sovereignty but because we don’t want to be let down. We really don’t believe that He could do greater things.
But He can. And He will. Just watch...