Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, N.K.J.V.)
I read about a very frustrated pastor who said to his congregation, “I’ve stopped expecting you to make leaps of faith, but it would be nice to see a hop now and then.” I can’t help but wonder if God doesn’t feel the same way about His people. Tell me, Christian, when was the last time you showed Him even a hop of faith, let alone a leap?
For example, think about the expectations you have for this new year. Do they fall under the category of “optimistic” or “pessimistic”? If you answer, “Pessimistic,” your faith in God surely isn’t what it needs to be.
You say, “But Russell, with everything that is going on in the world right now, how could anybody have much faith that this year is going to be a good one? Don’t you keep up with the news?” Well, yes, I do keep up with it, and I’m definitely aware that: gas prices are too high, grocery prices are soaring, the economy is lagging, the housing market is troubling, climate change is going to end civilization as we know it, etc., etc., etc. But here’s the thing: Despite it all, I’m also aware that God continues to reign over all creation from His throne in heaven.
Furthermore, I’m aware that if you are a true Christian, that same God is your loving heavenly FATHER. So, why should you be so doom-and-gloom about this upcoming year? Why not, instead, show God at least a hop of faith to prove that you think He’s going to do great and mighty things in your life this year? My guess is that He is tired of most of us (including Russell Mckinney) underestimating Him.