I think faith is most-helpfully understood, as surrendering to the WORST-case scenario at one extreme, while AT THE SAME TIME, believing that Jesus might deliver the BEST-case scenario, at the other extreme. “Either extreme or anything in between, not MY will be done but YOURS, Jesus.”
Best-case from a HUMAN perspective. Whatever He delivers is for our best, but our human wisdom doesn’t think suffering is best, so we typically strive at all cost, to avoid suffering, pain, adversity. Human wisdom believes EASY is best.
Because I’ve suffered bigtime for years with a dysfunctional digestive tract, dysfunctional immune system, and also more recently a dysfunctional bone marrow function, I didn’t realize I’ve been unconsciously resigned to my suffering, and NOT believing that Jesus MIGHT deliver the BEST-case scenario — a fantastic digestive tract, fantastic immune system, and fantastic bone-marrow function. From poor to fantastic — amazing transformation. Never crossed my mind, even though I’ve tried about everything imaginable over many years, to obtain normal health. I was blind to my unbelief that Jesus MIGHT have the best-case scenario in mind for me.
So I’ve been CONFESSing my unbelief, and visualizing what it would be like for my body to be amazingly healthy in the areas where it’s subpar, and interestingly it’s made a huge difference in how I FEEL, physiologically. Which surprised me. I’m still sensitive to foods, chemicals, electromagnetic fields, but I feel more energy, strength, less brain-fog. Dunno what the future holds, but I find myself telling Jesus that whatever He delivers going forward, is not just okay, but GREAT — worst-case, no change, or BEST-case. I have no idea what He has for me going forward, but in my saner moments, I deeply believe He will continue to deliver what will be for my good, His glory, all according to His genius plan. My human wisdom would LOVE to know the future, but my human wisdom has never delivered happiness to Dave. Only Jesus has ever delivered that — when He gives me grace to believe He is totally sovereign, knows exactly what He’s doing, is worthy of my trust. Ahhh.
I love that faith is a gift from Above, not something we generate from within. So we get zero credit for any faith we have. The starting place for fresh faith, is fresh conviction of sin, especially the sin of unbelief — functioning as an atheist.
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, benefiting from fresh conviction of his unbelief, wondering if the seculars around him are noticing the difference
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