What would that look like? Your human wisdom may have wanted this for years, but if you’re like I am, you’ve probably given up ever experiencing that BEST-case scenario in each subpar area, and have resigned yourself to what is. What is, will continue, into the future. But this is serious unbelief. Like an atheist. My life is UP TO ME, and I don’t even dream of the BEST-case scenario my human wisdom can imagine. Resigned to what is.
Faith, on the other hand, is surrendering to the humanly-speaking WORST-case scenario, while at the same time, believing that Jesus MIGHT deliver the humanly-speaking BEST-case scenario. “Either extreme or anything in between, Lord. According to Your genius plan, may it be. I trust that You know what’s perfect for me, and Your genius story, and my human wisdom does NOT know. Be glorified in whatever You do in the future with my life, humanly-speaking — worst, best, same. Forgive my unbelief in assuming You will NOT deliver the humanly-speaking BEST-case scenario in each area of my life that is subpar today.”
Imagining the WORST-case scenario and then offering that up to Jesus on the altar — surrendering to that WORST-case scenario, is a huge gift from Jesus when I’m intense, hurried, trying to AVOID failure, embarrassment, while striving to excel. Fresh surrender to Jesus and His agenda, is what faith looks like for me when I’m under pressure.
When I’m fearful, frustrated, discouraged, or bored, it’s ALWAYS because I’m leaning on my own understanding, wise in my own eyes. The peace that surpasses understanding is only experienced by believers who are freshly DEAD to the desires of our human wisdom, and instead, are looking to Jesus to deliver what’s perfect for us, according to His genius plan. “Not my will be done, but Yours. I believe a little bit that You totally love me, and are totally sovereign over everyone and everything, but help my unbelief, and please forgive my unbelief. Thank You that grace is for strugglers like I am, so that I QUALIFY for Your grace.”
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, Chief Struggler
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