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I am not a man of unshakable faith.  At heart, I’m a logical, rational man who prefers careful planning and wise decision-making to bold leaps of faith into unknown waters.  I do not believe the pseudo-Christian teaching that says, “If you just have enough faith, God will do anything you ask!”[1]  What I’m saying is that I’m not a man for whom faith comes easily.

But as I grow older, I find that I possess, and am possessed by, a deeper and more profound faith than I would have ever thought possible in my younger years.  While faith and reason are often thought to be opposites or, at the very least, uneasy compatriots, I have found them staunch allies.

It is the logical decision to focus on what I know rather than on what I do not that has kept me moving forward when doubt would mire me in place. It is the rational choice to make decisions based on what is undeniable rather than what is inexplicable that moves me on, around the bend, where I consistently find answers to the questions that once threatened to paralyze me.

Sometimes, we miss God moving because we deal with our doubts in an unhealthy way, a way that keeps us from ever rounding the bend.  We stay rooted where we are, desperate for a change, but too frightened to move forward.

I am not saying that God requires us to leap into the unknown.  I am saying that God, in His mercy and love, is in the habit of giving us undeniable experiences all along the way, but that we too often focus on what He hasn’t done or on what we don’t understand about what He’s doing.  That has to change.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss God moving in your life, then you need resolve to focus on what you do know He has done rather than on what you don’t know He is doing.  You need to choose to act on what is undeniable rather than on what is inexplicable.

Then and only then, will we, who have been blind, have any chance of seeing.

 

Interested in reading more on this subject?  Check out my newest book, How Not To Miss God Moving:

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[1] This teaching, based in part on a very simplistic reading of Mat 21:21 and James 5:15, misunderstands several important Biblical principles.  First, it is not the amount of faith that matters but in Whom that faith is put.  Second, the more we trust in God, the more we find that what we want God to do is not nearly as important as what God wants to do…and sometimes the two are incompatible.  If God wants to teach us patience, our prayer for a quick end to a trying situation may not be granted.  I’m not saying that faith is unimportant.  On the contrary, it is critical.  But this idea that God will do anything we ask if we only believe it enough is simply false.

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Growing up in the church, I heard a lot about “slippery slopes”.  But you know what I never heard anyone say?  What every mountaineer knows:  sometimes you have to tie on the crampons, rope up and traverse a slippery slope to get to solid ground.

The church’s ability to regain its voice in the marketplace of 21st century culture requires that we be willing to traverse the slippery slopes represented by such things as the role of science or sexuality or the nature of truth, authority and meaningful discourse.  I am not suggesting for a moment that we give in to gravity and abandon ourselves to a downward slide into relativism.  Nothing could be less faithful to Christ or more enervating to His people in the long run.  I am only suggesting that the solid ground from which we can extend a helping hand may only be accessible after a very frank examination of what we have been doing and whether or not it actually represents the One in Whose name we claim to speak.

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Posted: May 9, 2013 in Faith, God, Hard Questions, Life
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Faith is not believing that God will keep you from all harm.  Faith is choosing to live in the knowledge that no matter what happens, He is with you and what you do together will reverberate through eternity.