Friday, August 3, 2012

Following Jesus

Following God is not often what I hoped it would look like.

I always wanted assurance of success in walking with God. A debilitating theology!

Even simple logic dictates that there would be no need for faith if success were guaranteed. There would be no adventure if I knew I could not fail.

It's like watching the Olympics women's gymnastics finals AFTER you've read the results on my iPhone/Android/iPad. [OK, I caught myself typing "in the newspaper" and thought to myself, "Hey, it shows my age. Nobody reads news in the paper anymore."]. Spoiler! Perhaps, you can still enjoy the amazing performance of the U.S. team over and over again, but there is no adventure in watching it.

My walk with God has been full of unknowns and uncertainty. I often erroneously concluded in the midst of uncertainty that I was not following God close enough. In reality, that's often how God wants us to walk with Him. A good Biblical example is found in 1 Samuel 14.

Jonathan the son of Saul decides to check out and attack the Philistine garrison with his armor-bearer. Scriptures are not clear how detailed of instructions Jonathan has received from the Lord before he took action. One thing is clear. He initiated with much uncertainty. He says, "It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few." (v. 6)

"It may be"!? He wasn't sure of the outcome. He was sure of the power and ability of God. That's the life of faith. There are only a few things that are clear and certain.

First of all, the Lord is God. He is absolutely good. He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Secondly, Jesus is in me, I am in Him. He and I are in perfect union by the grace of God through the complete work of Christ. Apart from Him, I can do nothing. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That's it! And that's enough for us to make the move!