Hedging your bet?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to how we view God and his promises to provide for us no matter the circumstance or trouble, is there room for hedging our bet? Doesn’t believing in God and his promises dictate an under-standing that we do so without regard for any emotional wiggle room?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Believing is one thing. Convicted in that belief is another. Years ago I knew a man who swore he’d never buy another Ford vehicle. He had so many mechanical difficulties with the car he’d owned he was convinced that he would never own anything built by the Ford Motor Company again. He blamed his specific problems with the car he owned on the entire Ford manufacturing process. Because of the problems he had his basic assumption was that the materials and workmanship at Ford were faulty. He assumed all Fords suffered from similar ailments and he was sure that buying another Ford product would guarantee a similar bad experience. Years passed and I bumped into him by chance in a shopping mall parking lot getting out of his brand new Ford F-150 pickup truck. I spied the truck identification tags and couldn’t help but remind him of the pledge he’d made years earlier that he’d never own another Ford vehicle. He smiled, looked at his new purchase, and replied: “I meant Ford cars, not Ford trucks.”

Qualifying our beliefs based on what suits us at the moment is something we are all guilty of from time to time. But, when it comes to how we view God and his promises to provide for us no matter the circumstance or trouble, there’s no room for a similar qualification. Believing in God and his promises dictates an understanding that we do so without regard for emotional wiggle room.

Here’s a story: A preacher in a rural community visited a farmer whose harvest was being threatened by drought. “I don’t think I can get a handle on any of your good news today,” said the farmer from his porch. He spit in the direction of the preacher. “Times like these will challenge your faith, but you’ve got to hold on,” said the preacher. “Hold on to what?” cried the farmer. “My crops are nearly dead even though I’ve been praying for help just like you told me to.” “Yes, but did you believe your payers would be answered? Or were you doubtful?” “Why do I even talk to you about this? You’re not in touch with things around here. I mean, here it is 105 degrees in the shade and you’re walking around in galoshes and a rubber coat. That’s crazy!” “Maybe so,” said the preacher as he wiped the sweat off his neck. “But I have faith and I’ve been praying for rain.” (Bits and Pieces, September 2006)

What you do can’t be separated from what you believe. If we truly trust God, then our lives should show it. There’s a difference between just believing something and having a deep conviction about it. That farmer and my Ford friend believed something to be true, but they weren’t really convicted in that belief that what they believed to be true, was truly believable. When it comes to faith, God hasn’t given us room to wiggle. He’s given us just enough room to hope, have faith and commit. It’s a tight space, but that’s what God works best in.

We pray. Heavenly Father, nothing compares to your faithfulness O LORD. Your steadfast love covers me and comforts me. Even though I hurt you at times, still you are there for me. You never left me. You continue to mold me into the being that you want me to be with unwavering patience. Thank you for your grace and mercy. May I never hedge my belief in you on doubts. I praise and adore You all my life. In Jesus name. Amen! (https:/n/1thessalonians417.wordpress.com/tag/unshakable-faith/–adalpted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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