One of the funniest stories told on faith is about a fellow who fell off a cliff, but managed to grab a small tree on the way down. Hanging on for dear life, he looks upward and yells, “Is anyone up there?”
A deep voice from above says, “I am here. I am the Lord. Do you believe me?”
“Oh yes, Lord. I believe! I really believe, but I can’t hang on much longer.”
“That’s all right my son. If you really believe, you have nothing to worry about. I will save you, just let go of the branch.”
A moment of pause, then: “Is anyone else up there?”
So here is the question for all of us today. What would we do? Would you let go and trust in the Lord, or would you wait for a “plan B” to develop? What is the difference between you and any of the heroes of the Old Testament? These were men and women of flesh and blood just like us. They were not a DC Comic type super-hero with supernatural powers. They were mere mortals with a super-natural faith in a God with supernatural powers. If any of us want to exercise that kind of faith, then we too can access God’s infinite power.
I sometimes wonder how much I have missed by not exercising supernatural faith. I wonder what God had planned for me that I traded for something I chose to do instead. You see, any of these heroes of the Bible could have done the same as me. Actually, they had done just that! But then at some point, they chose to climb up and live on a higher plane. In words, they chose to believe God, trust in Him, and watch as He began to use them to do great and mighty things.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding.”
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
These heroes became “those that diligently sought Him.” I think we just answered the question of why they were somehow greater than us. They were like the woman in Matthew 15 who sought after Jesus to ask that He heal her daughter. The Lord repeatedly ignored and even scoffed at her, but she persisted. He finally told her, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”
At this, she said in verse 27, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Then the Lord said to her, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
What opportunities and blessings have we missed this very week because our faith was not strong? There are so many examples in scripture that only a strong and persistent faith pleases God. Let’s all determine today to climb up and begin to operate on that higher plane of exercising a supernatural faith in a God with supernatural power.
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