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Following When it Gets Difficult

February 14, 2010

I am studying chapter 8 of Matthew this week and these two verses caused me to pause:

Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the bird of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  Matthew 8:19-20 (NASB)

Saying that these two verses “caused me to pause”, is putting it mildly.  I was immediately challenged and convicted.

My thoughts went to the people who, instead of fleeing Haiti, are willingly going there to give aid.  They see the same pictures on the TV that I see but are compelled to go someplace where worrying about where they will lay their head is the least of their concerns. I want that kind of faith; knowing that God will provide the most basic needs so I willingly go where I will have to depend on Him for those things. Mission of Hope Haiti has this type of faith and has been depending on God to meet needs in Haiti for years.

It gives me some comfort to know that even Jesus’ disciples struggled with this type of faith. When they were crossing the sea of Galilee in a storm and Jesus was asleep in the stern they rushed to him and said:

Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and sea, and it became perfectly calm.” Matthew 8:25-26 (NASB)

It is our lack of faith in a powerful, sovereign God that limits us.  Instead of wasting precious time stressing over our circumstances, we need to recognize that God is in control and will use these circumstances to do His good will.

Pastor Kempton Turner of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota has this kind of faith.  He posted a blog this week that is worth your time.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jennifer Burns permalink
    October 7, 2011 7:12 PM

    Jennifer, Thank you for sharing this. It really spoke to my heart.
    Blessings, Jennifer Burns

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