When drowning, it is recommended that we stop struggling to stay afloat and just, well, float… Does it work that way with faith?I am praying for something that I desperately need and can’t do by myself. And we all know what happens when we pray for something we have no control over: we plead, we try to build our faith, we fast, we quote scripture…but mostly, we plead! I’d say it’s like being thrown in the deep end of the ocean of life - we feel like we have to struggle to keep from drowning, when really, we know the only way to stay above water is just to float.
Luke 17:33 says “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.”
I am a position where only God can make the difference in a specific situation. It is exactly because I am “cornered” that I am finally grasping a lot more about faith than I ever did before. Head knowledge is all good and well, but when it’s crunch time, we need to know how to apply that knowledge. And only in applying it does it become “real”.While I’m praying and learning about faith for my situation, a few people have shared their testimonies on how God supplied the miracles they needed once they let go of the situation and handed it to God. They certainly didn’t know I needed to hear what they had to share!
In most cases, this “handing things over to God” wasn’t an automatic response for them either. They also went through the struggle and the pleading and only then did they surrender the situation to God. From that moment on it was His problem to sort out, not theirs. They did the best they could and left the rest for God. And then miracles happened.
Jesus said: “Humanly speaking, it (your situation) is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”(Mark 10:27)
Can we trust Him when He says that?
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding
(2 Corinthians 1:20)
* All Scripture references taken from The New Living Translation