Two amazing tightrope walkers amazed the crowd with acrobatics crossing treacherous Niagara Falls. After many dangerous stunts, the acrobat asked the crowd if they thought he could cross the rope pushing his partner in a wheelbarrow. One man yelled, “I am positive you can because you performed so many amazing feats already.” The acrobat replied, “Great, with all that faith and confidence, will you please jump in my wheelbarrow?”
There are simple truths that just jump out of The Holy Bible and grab us. Hebrews 11:16 contains one of those “ah ha” truths; Without faith, it is impossible to please God. It all begins with faith.
Would you get in that acrobats wheelbarrow? Intellectual faith is knowing you would be safe. Behavioral faith, what we actually do, really puts into action what we actually believe. Everyday is filled with these crossroads…of whether we truly believe God is who He says He is, does what He says He does, and knows all He says He knows. Do we just intellectually believe but in our daily lives avoid His wheelbarrow test, or do you really have faith as evidenced by action based on that intellectual knowledge? This is where the rubber meets the road.
Faith tells God we are willing to put our life, needs, fate in His hands and willing to let Him be in control instead of us. We actually get in the wheelbarrow…and don’t have any reservation or fear! God loves this as any parent would. When we are truly able to have behavioral faith, we admit our weakness, see His strength, and start getting out of His way so He can do amazing transformational work in our life!!!!
Today, take a chance, do one thing differently…the way you know God wants you to do it even though you haven’t in the past. Watch God lead you into freedom. Take a ride in His wheelbarrow.
Remember the simple formula of Christian life: Believe > Receive > Become
Dear Father, I know my increased faith and belief in You is pleasing to You, for You tell us in scripture that without faith it is impossible to please You. I pray that all those reading and walking the Stepping Stones Devotionals are becoming a more pleasing people to You. I know that believing that You exist is only the beginning; I know You want a personal, dynamic, life-transforming relationship with me and the entire Stepping Stones community and the world. I know those of us who “earnestly seek You” will be rewarded with Your intimate presence. I place all hope in You Lord. I pray that You restore me to full health of body, mind and spirit.
I pray this in the name of the One who got in Your wheelbarrow taking Him to the cross, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, he I will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.
that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God
1 Corinthians 2:5