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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 321: Trusting God without a foothold

Today's Reading: Acts 7-8

In the Indiana Jones classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jones gives us a true picture of faith. He is stationed on one side of a huge pit and needs to get to the other. He is told to walk across it, but there is no obvious place to put his foot. It seems, if he steps forward in faith, he will fall into a bottomless pit. In faith, he steps forward, and discovers he is standing on solid ground. He steps again, and again, finally crossing the bottomless pit.

As Stephen stands before those who would judge him, in fact stone him to death, it appears he has nothing to stand upon but the gospel of Jesus Christ. He speaks of how Abram stepped out into nothingness, trusting what God had told him, despite all odds.
"God gave Abraham no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child."

Many times in our own lives we come to a place where the road is not clear, where the future seems uncertain, where there seems to be not enough ground to set our feet. It is in many ways a scary place to be. We fear we will fall, that all will collapse around us, that the promises of God are too unrealistic, that we must save ourselves.

Over and over again, the scriptures give us wisdom, mentoring us during these times of faith crisis. "Step forward in faith." Even when we can't see the outcome, even when we can't trust the circumstances, we can trust God.

I will rest in this knowledge.

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