3 : A journey of faith

 

God loves to send his people into awesome journeys, ignorant and unprepared, with only a letter of recommendation in their hand, forced to rely not on themselves, but on the authority and faithfulness of the Master. In the end, arrival at the desired destination is secondary in importance. The real beauty lies in the journey itself –the lessons learned, the self-breaking that occurs, the glory that accrues to the divine Guide, the opportunities that emerge for God’s justice, mercy, power and wisdom to be made manifest at every turn.

The idea that the motley crew that is the Church in Massachusetts may one day be able to function as a well-coordinated, irresistible army is, humanly speaking, ludicrous and far- fetched. But if it is God’s will for this to take place in this particular moment of impending revival, then all our motions will turn out to be merely symbolic and prophetic. They will simply be physical channels through which God’s will may be allowed to enter the realm of time and space. The ultimate effectiveness and completeness of our actions will be almost irrelevant. What will truly count is the spirit of obedience determined to give glory to God, the willingness to undertake significant risks in order to give utterance and physical expression to God’s prophetic will.

As Jesus prepared to feed the multitude, all that became necessary for the realization of that miracle was five measly loaves and two probably very unhygenic fish. When he sought to fulfill the prophecy that he would be counted among the transgressors (Luke 22:37), all that the disciples could come up with as props for that grand prophetic scenario was two flimsy swords. Luke tells us that he said to them, “That is enough.” When we are flowing in God’s prophetic domain, insignificant actions produce astounding results. If it is God’s present intention to wrest New England from the satanic spell in which it is presently held, then, in true biblical style, He will probably concoct the most improbable scenario, find the most unlikely heroes, and choose the darkest moment to set the plot in motion. Unlike Gideon, we must not look at the magnitude of the task or the insignificance of the chosen vessel, but at the sovereignty of He who says, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:4) Gideon had the courage to undertake the journey despite his frail faith. All along the way to success, God directed him in surprising, counterintuitive ways, and ultimately gave him the victory with the aid of a flimsy army and some pretty ludicrous weapons. So will it be with us, if we choose to trust Him, and to proceed by faith. Like Gideon, we may even discover that the battle will not be as ferocious as we had feared, and that He has already given “the Midianites and the whole camp” into our hands. (Judges 7:14)

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