Have you ever met someone with big ole, mind-boggling faith? There’s something so remarkably attractive about such over-the-top confidence, unwavering commitment and bold spiritual courage. I heard a speaker say at a Men’s Conference one time, “A faith- driven, spiritual man is a force to be reckoned with, brothers!” I love that. Not just men, but women as well – when emboldened by faith – are huge players in the things of this world.
This is where God wants to take us. This is where He wants to take me. Think about how things played out in the Old Testament: time after time God takes weak, doubting and fearful image-bearing creatures and manifests His glory and power through them. Those men and women of old, when God was through with them had extraordinary, over-the-top, out-of-the-box, are-you-kidding-me kind of confidence in Him.
I think what is so appealing and compelling about bold faith is that such is just not commonplace in our world. Wouldn’t you agree that by and large it’s the exception as opposed to the rule? At the heart of mankind’s challenge is this broken relationship we have with our Creator that all sprang from a lack of faith / trust. It was a lack of trust manifested in the Garden and it’s a lack of trust that each of us experience in our own lives from time to time. When our faith wavers we are essentially saying to God, “You can’t be trusted.” OR “I’m not convinced that You know what’s best for me.” OR “I think You have an angle that is not in my best interest.” Sad, but that’s the message we radiate each time our faith stumbles.
That being said, what’s interesting and encouraging is that God is willing to engage and be involved in our lives. In fact, He works to draw us into a relationship that is built upon confidence. God wants us to have extraordinary faith and confidence in Him. Jesus looked for it while He was on earth. (Mt. 8:10)
There are only two occasions in which Jesus is said to have “marveled” in Scripture. Both of them pertain to faith. In Mark 6 and Luke 4 He was impressed (unfavorably) with the Jews lack of faith. Whereas in Matthew 8 Jesus was remarkably affected by the faith of a Centurion who had a servant who was sick.
When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And hesaidtohim,“Iwillcomeandhealhim.”8Butthecenturionreplied,“Lord,Iam not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 1 0 When Jesus heard this, he
marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. (Mt. 8:5-10)
For the Son of God to be impressed with a human being’s faith – that’s some kind of faith! Imagine if you woke up every day with that? What if each day you lived out “great faith”? What would your life look like with that kind of confidence? Would not everything be impacted – our life and relationships, our health, our anxiety, our outlook, our friends, our finances, our work, our school, etc.? Everything would be touched if we launched into every day with an extraordinary, over-the-top, out-of-the-box, are-you-kidding-me kind of faith and confidence in Him. That, friends, is where our Creator wants each of us to be! God will and does use the events of life and various other things to build and grow our faith. Because the greater the faith, the stronger the relationship; the stronger the relationship the more intimacy we will have with our Heavenly Father. That is the goal!
You are loved!