What is it about being in the midst of difficulty that makes us forget all the ways Jesus has come through for us in the past? What is it about difficulty that makes us feel so alone? Our self-sufficiency rises to the surface as if that is going to help us meet the challenge. “If it is going to be, it is up to me.”
So, Jesus is just going to expose that in John 6:1-21. Out of that, we learn that God can shatter our pint-sized expectations and small faith if we would learn to bring Him what we have, be dependent upon Him, and just get started with what’s before us, as if He will come through for us. That smacks in the face of pragmatism, realism, and self-sufficiency.
Yes, there is something about getting started, taking a next step. It’s where God is. He is the God of the frontier, that is, He is met on the edge of the unknown…in the next step. That’s the place of character and faith development. It is the place where we are forced out of our self-sufficiency, comfortable theological assents about God, and into an actual dependent, intimate relationship with God.
So, the test for us is, will we follow God into the next step? Will we be willing to look at least a little foolish at times, as we wait for the Him to show up?…And, on another note, will we be willing to be uncomfortable along the way?
Join us for this sermon Charlie preached at All Saints Church, Morehead City, NC on 7/29/18.
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