I love shopping, but if there’s one thing I dislike shopping for, it’s jeans! If you’re female and reading this, you will probably understand where I’m coming from. It is so hard to find the right fit/feel/length and material, at a good price. So when I discovered that my favourite jeans that I’ve pretty much lived in for the last two years had a big hole in them, I was devastated. I sent up a small prayer to heaven that God would give me some new ones and forgot all about it. A few days later someone randomly handed me a pair of Levi jeans which fitted me perfectly!
It was only a pair of jeans, but I realised that God wanted to show me something. He was training me to rely more on Him. It would have been annoying but easy to go shopping and get what I needed, but then I would have missed out on feeling loved and cared for by God.
A friend of mine was telling me yesterday about how she felt God telling her to give up her job and trust Him with the finances. Every month since then, she has seen God providing enough money so she can pay the bills, and extra on top of that! That is what I call courageous faith: when you’ve taken a big leap and there is no way back, but God meets you out there.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith pleases God, and it draws us closer to him. I long to see more of this courageous faith in our church.
Where we once laid everything on the altar and trusted in God, we have instead relied on our own systems and good practice. I’m not knocking any of that, but sometimes I think we have too much stuff and too many nifty systems.
Recently, some of my colleagues from the Jesus Centre where I work went to visit another church. This church is particularly meeting a need on a deprived housing estate. They said at one stage the church had several thousands in the bank, and giving had become slack. So they decided to give it all away and begin to give sacrificially again and believe for God to provide. Their motto is: “it’s God’s work, He pays”.
This is what I long for more. I want to see us rely on God, to see Him open doors we never would have dreamed possible. I want us to make big claims – so much so that if God doesn’t show up we are stuffed! I want us to live a terrifying but exciting life together which only comes one leap at a time.