‘It is right to refresh your memory.’ 2 Peter 1:13 NIV
A pole-vaulter only discovers how high he can jump when he clears the bar. Then he sets it higher. God does that too. He stretches your faith to what seems like your breaking point. Pastor and author Jon Walker says: ‘At one point I sensed God stretching my faith. Specifically, He told me to stop receiving a regular payslip and start living by faith… So with radiant certainty that God would provide because He told me He would, I did what He said and started looking for His provision. I kept a log of every way God took care of me, and the list grew joyfully impressive. God was moving me from a tentative “I hope it will happen,” to a certain “I know this will happen.” Yet within months I was literally staggered with doubt. I’d lost my focus… and started scrambling for ways to generate income… believing it was my responsibility to make things happen because God may or may not come through… You may be further along than I am in learning to trust God; then again, you may have experienced exactly what I’m describing.’
Understand this: a faith that cannot be shaken comes only from a faith that has been so severely shaken that it is now sure, certain, and steadfast. Our greatest concern is getting our needs met, but God’s greatest concern is developing our faith. ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God.’ (Hebrews 11:6 NIV) That’s why Peter wrote, ‘I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth… It is right to refresh your memory.’ (2 Peter 1:12–13 NIV) So, keep reminding yourself that God is faithful.
SoulFood: Rom 7:1–9:16, Luke 5:12–26, Ps 96, Pro 3:5–6
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023