Living in the Leap
And now we come to this thing called faith. It is an assurance of things you hope for and a conviction of things you've not seen. (Heb 11:1) It is the knowing of something because the proof is not in the promise but in the one who made it. Living by faith is to be in full dependence on the promises of God for your today. It is necessary to be near the whispering God in order to Him clearly. It is also necessary to be observant. There is no shadow cast by Him in any direction He wishes to turn. He is a light caster. His voice and His activity can be witnessed by those who seek to see and hear.
When the believer hears and sees his Lord at work, it is often in the form of a challenge to our current level of trust in Him. God is never content to leave you in the place of faith in which He finds you. However, we continue to be content to merely play leapfrog with our faith. We hop from one calming and assuring lily pad in life to another, places we sense that will provide, protect and profit us. We say "God bless you" to someone at a store or offer to pray for a friend or neighbor and speak of such instances as leaps of faith. Such hops are not to be devalued, but they are not the extent to which God would lead us in the grand adventure of our faith.
We have heard the Peter walking on water story so many times, that I wish to refrain and use a different analogy. If I were to ask you to stand at a precipice of the Grand Canyon and leap across it, would a running start help? Would there be a manual? Would there be assurances in the laws of nature to calm your fear of falling- of failing? And yet, when Jesus appears to the disciples on the sea, and Peter calls to Him to reveal that it really is the Lord by COMMANDING Peter to COME to WHERE JESUS IS, the Lord's highly detailed instructions are this, "COME". So Peter got out of the boat and came to Jesus. (Matt 14)
Stepping off the ledge of such a Canyon is choosing to live by faith- but then there is the greater choice to then actually live in the leap. We remain in the air, amidst a barrage of voices shouting from below and on the surrounding ledges that we are insane, that we are unfounded, that we think we are better than other people. None such voices matter as does the one who bids us come to Him. We touch down on certain peaks, and even traverse again through valleys, but those who have joined Him in His adventure have tasted and seen that the Lord is good and long for those gravity defying steps again, where there is no rule or law of this world that can explain how the path is walked, how the needs are met, how the doors are opened, nor can the man take credit who is aloft in obedience to his Lord's command to follow Him. He knows and declares that such marvelous things that are taking place as this are only possible through Him to whom nothing is impossible. (Matt 9:26)
The key is the obedience to the Lord's command. The key to knowing that command is to abide in Him. We abide in Him through a growing understanding of His love for us. Living Backwards would reclaim the life lived by faith- whereby we see lived out before one another that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Rom. 8:37) Where we see that "all these things" really are provided to the one who seeks His Kingdom and righteousness above all else. (Matt 6:33) The making of disciples then becomes a part of our water-walking and living-in-the-leap because it is part of the activity of Jesus already seen in our today. He is at work around us and in the lives of those we come across more than we can possibly imagine, but He is inviting us to join Him in the work- His plan has not deviated from working through us to bring people to Himself.
I would challenge you today to evaluate again what the Scriptures mean that the "righteous shall live by faith" (Gal 3:11) and that "we walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Cor 5:7) as pertains to not only daily life but also your response to the lives you see everyday and how Christ is inviting you to COME. It is by coming to Him that we learn how to therefore GO. "Without faith, it is impossible to please Him." (Heb 11:6)