What are you trusting with your life today?
Perhaps, it’s the car that escorts you back and forth with your children. Maybe it’s your cell phone that delivers an urgent message. Could it be your checking account that assures you another month in your house? Wherever we find ourselves on this perfectly tilted planet with just enough gravity to keep us attached, one thing is for certain – everyone has faith in something.
Faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1
God does not merely suggest that we have faith; as a matter of fact, He requires it, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” –Hebrews 11:6
Imagine that! Even in our daily lives, God is looking to bless us for what we should obviously do, trust Him. As simple as that reads, why is it that we so often forget that God is in control? We take matters into our own hands believing that we have the answers, but we soon realize that we are lost and only God can save us.
Would we dare trade places with a pilot maneuvering our plane? Are our ways really better than God’s ways? Will we ever regret any decision that we make that is covered in prayer and aligned with God’s word? Even the complexity of our mere existence far outweighs our greatest life problems; yet, He cares for them as well. How could we trust ourselves for anything when our need for oxygen to survive depends upon the grace of God? Not only does He give us life, but He also provides directions to enjoy it.
To understand faith better, it’s important that we also know what it isn’t. Faith is not believing in anything that we choose while trusting God to bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4 commands, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The desires (dreams, goals, ambitions) that we receive from God may or may not be the ones that we have for ourselves. It is only when we align our hearts with God’s heart that we have pure dreams with pure motives. These are the dreams for which God promises in Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
What God-sized dream are you hiding in your heart? Is it larger than you? Does it require a miracle to get the job done? If so, you are on the right path! God specializes in big-dream makeovers, and He delights in our obedience to trust Him to completion.
This leads to the questions: How much effort and how much time do we faithfully commit to a dream that has been placed in our hearts from God?
According to God’s word, we are to have faith the size of a mustard seed, and we are to faithfully commit to our dreams until we reach them or we die believing in them.
Matthew 17:20 –And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Please notice that Jesus did NOT state, “If you have faith the size of a mountain, you can move a mustard seed!” The difference between a mustard seed and a mountain is that the mustard seed grows and multiplies while the mountain remains stuck and eroded.
In addition, we are to keep moving forward in the direction of our dreams until we can’t move anymore. Consider Joseph who went so far as to arrange for his bones to be brought with the Israelites from Egypt; he kept the faith that God would rescue them, and he dreamt that he would be a part of it. “By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.” –Hebrews 11:22
Friend, have you trusted Jesus with your eternity? If so, will you also trust Him with your dreams? Trusting Jesus with your eternity will bring you to heaven; trusting Jesus with your dreams will bring heaven to you.