Do you have lasso faith? I mean, when you have a problem you see faith as this power that can make God act- every time- with your fix? So you have your ritual lasso- you know … pray + pray + read the Bible + be good (or whatever you add) = God will do what you want? That type of faith sells books, makes for good TV and is fun to preach. Everyone wants to believe that deep down inside if they just get the lasso formula right- presto- God is in with the fix. That sounds good but just isn’t true. Does God sometimes answer our prayers with a solution that removes the problem- yep! Does He do it every time? Nope! Let me remind you of a story in the Old Testament about 3 Hebrew boys who are being thrown into a fiery furnace for their obedience to God. Listen to their response to the King who is threatening them: In Daniel Chapter 3
- (16) Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. (17) If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. (18) But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
They proclaimed that their faith was not dependent on God rescuing them from their circumstances. No matter what happened they would not recant. We all know that God did not save them from the fire but through the fire. I believe that is God’s response often to our “situation”. On an interesting side note, the only thing that was burned in the fire was the ropes that bound them (read the text and see). I find God often delivers me through the fire rather than from the fire. And, in the fire I find new freedom.
If you missed this weekend- Here is the video teaching:
I look forward to continuing Faith, Hope and Luck this weekend! See you there.