Higher Stakes

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“If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” Isaiah 7:9

Don’t we tend to view God differently when the stakes are higher? Dusting off our faith, we approach with the big questions, remembering the stories of His mighty works, hoping He will come through for us again.

Is this not the God of Daniel, who shut the mouths of the lions?

Is this not the God of Moses, who divided the sea and crushed Pharoah’s army?

Is this not the God of Paul and David, who delivered them from death several times over?

We don’t ask God for too much. We ask Him for too little. Or perhaps we do not ask at all.

Is this not the God who provided an income, a job, a home, and a functioning body?

Is this not the God who rescued me from a doomed eternal misery?

Is this not the God who adopted me into His family? Into His kingdom?

Is this not the God who provided the Way for us to be reconciled to Him?

I engage with God on things that are obviously spiritual (obvious to me, anyway). You know, the big things. Yet I am prone to neglect or forget God in decisions about the material. Should I spend money on this? Is that activity worthy of my time? Do I let that driver merge in front of me? Do I order pizza or do I send the money to hurricane victims?

A thousand times a day I make decisions without asking God what He wills. This pattern of behavior implies that

(a) I prefer to declare myself as king (unless it is really serious and I need heavy artillery), or

(b) I don’t care what God wills, or

(c) I believe my will is more important than His, or

(d) all of the above.

The unlimited Father has mercy and patience for me. I fear that I take that for granted.

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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