“Let go of the Rope!”
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek, Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Have you ever felt like things in your life was getting so bad, you felt as if you slipped off the edge of a cliff and were desperately hanging on to a rope to keep from falling? Where you see no help in sight, so you begin screaming at the top of your voice, “IS THERE ANYONE THERE WHO CAN HELP ME?” and suddenly a calm, reassuring voice answers back, “It is the Lord. Let go of the rope.” You hear God but you don’t respond because you looked down to see how far you would fall. And instead of obeying we yelled out again even louder, “IS THERE ANYONE ELSE THERE WHO CAN HELP ME??? Have you ever been in a p lace in your life where you felt the Lord was telling you to let go of the rope, but all you could see was how things looked from a logical, human perspective? I know I have, and I was really tempted to ask for a second opinion to my problem instead of taking heed to God’s word.
Everything about human nature wants to see it first and then respond based on what we see. We want to see it then believe it. We want to know where we are going before we agree to start the trip. That’s in our human nature, and it goes completely against what God tell us to do and who God calls us to be.
Brothers and Sisters look at anyone who has wallked by faith and you will see someone who believed it before they saw it. You will see someone who went when God said ‘go’ even though they didn’t know where they were going or what it would be like when the got there. You will see someone who walked by faith and not by sight.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, He allowed and encouraged Thomas to experience what he had said he needed to see to believe that Jesus was alive. Thomas physically saw and felt the wounds in Jesus’ hands, feet and side. When he did so, Thomas fell down on his face and declared, ‘My Lord and MY God!” Jesus responded by saying, “Thomas, you believe because you have seen. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John (20:29)
The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The New International Version translates that verse this way: “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” far too often, I find myself walking only by sight. But I know it is those times when I step out by Faith in obedience to God’s call that He Blesses me, and grows me, and stretches me.
What is God calling you to do that will require you to let go of the rope?