Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Our five year old son asked me yesterday, “Mom, can you make us something GOOD for dinner tonight.” I looked at this son of mine and thought, something GOOD?!? What does he normally think I make for dinner?! So I asked him what he meant by “good” and he said, “Well you know something like waffles or mac and cheese.” Again I thought to myself, I can slave for hours preparing the most well rounded healthy meal and all my kids will remember is the time I made the “GOOD” dinners like…. waffles!! GOOD GRIEF! So I just sighed to myself and said, “maybe, son, maybe.” To which he replied, “Mama, what does maybe mean? Like, yes or no?” I had to chuckle at that because I must sound like that to God A LOT of the time too!! I present Him with a question and get what feels like a “maybe” and I’m like well, what does that mean God… like yes or no?!?! Which led me to thinking of good ol Jonathan in 1 Samuel 14.
This is the story of Johnathan and his friend attacking the Philistine army. That sounds pretty silly at first doesn’t it?! But so does hold up your stick Moses over the Red Sea… or little widow start collecting a whole lot of jars you have nothing to fill with… or David throw a stone at the huge giant with a sword… or step out into the Jordan at high tide! But you got to love God because He is all mystery yet His character proves trustworthy and faithful and so often the miraculous of life happens in choosing faith in the face of uncertainty, in the “maybe” moments.
So Jonathan says to his young armor bearer in verse 6, come on lets go over to those uncircumcised fellows (and you got to love this next part) PERHAPS the Lord will act in our behalf!!!! PERHAPS, 50/50 chance!! Probably I could learn a few things about stepping out in faith from Johnathan AND his armor bearer that said alright I’ll take up the faith too (heart and soul where his words) instead of trying to talk Johnathan out of this crazy idea! But Johnathan knew, Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few. (verse 6) his faith was not in self but in his God he knew was able. James 2:14 states, What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? God’s going to be God but He wants to see you exercise faith in what He’s given you (Himself inside you) and sometimes that means stepping out in a “maybe”.
What also is amazing to me is that their plan was to sneak up on the enemy and LET THEM SEE THEM!! What kinda plan is that?! AND THEN the sign that God was with them was NOT that the enemy would come to them (which would make more sense to me because they would be coming closer to MY troops that could back me up! But NO Johnathan and his armor bearer were so confident in their God who is able that the sign for them to know God was fighting with them was if the enemy said come down to us!! They knew no battle is won in our own strength! Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit! (Zeph. 4:6)
The key to stepping out into the miraculous of the “maybe” is knowing your Shepherd. Knowing that He knows you and you are tuned into His heart and motives. (John 10:27) Luke 9:44-45 Jesus says to His disciples, Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” But they did not understand what this meant. Jesus can tell us flat out whats going to happen but if we don’t continue to walk it out step by step with Him it may never make sense at all because though we are to exercise our faith none of this really hinges on us. On the cross He said it’s finished! We didn’t earn it we didn’t deserve it, Jesus is our Great High Priest!
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 Folks He tore the veil on that cross so we could come to Him because He knew we would need strength for our “maybe’s” (and if you’re like me strength for the yes’s and the no’s too!)
It’s not easy this faith walk and like in Matthew 9:24-25 sometimes you just need to put that laughing crowd outside so you can focus on raising that stick over the Red Sea… collecting those jars… throwing that stone… stepping into that Jordan, because it’s not going to be YOU that misses that miracle that can happen only in the “maybe”.
God bless your day – praying we both have the faith and trust to seize the “maybe’s” He brings our way. (Now excuse me, I need to go make something “good” for dinner like, waffles!!)
Independent Read: Jeremiah 17:7