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Jesus says go and I say, no.

Updated: Oct 16, 2019


Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.


Psalm 37 is a great reminder that the Christian religion, is a religion of faith. Many people laugh at the idea of faith in God. This is no shocker because, those who do not know Jesus have been blinded by the god of this world to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Cor 4:4). I am more than thankful my eyes were enlightened to the glory of God, especially since I wasn’t looking for God.



So, yes faith is a misunderstood, ridiculed, major tenet of Christianity and it always has been. Yet, our struggle with faith doesn’t end after salvation. Christians as well struggle with the idea of faith, especially when it comes to wanting to have all of our questions answered now. Some call this the information age, which should have increased our bravery. Yet, it seems to have made us more fearful.

We are a people, Christians included, who want to know the beginning and the end. We want to have all our questions answered, before we do anything.

Think about our cell phones. When was the last time you really needed to ask anyone a question? Google and Siri can answer many of my questions in less than ten seconds.


When was the last time you stepped out to a restaurant without reading reviews or looking at the google images of that restaurant? You can literally experience the restaurant before ever going.

When was the last time you did anything without reading a review from someone else's experience.

We are a people, Christians included, who want to know the beginning and the end. We want to have all our questions answered, before we do anything.


Before you throw away your Smartphone, hear me out. This blog is not a call to destroy cell phones. Here’s the point, On this side of heaven, we will not have all of our questions answered. On top of that truth, God still calls us to obedience, and that is scary. Yet, that is faith.


Faith is not just intellectual assent to the truth of a proposition. Faith is personal trust.

Now, with that definition, look at what God has been saying to us for a while now.


  • Isa 26:3-4 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

  • Prov 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

  • Prov 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

  • Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

  • Psalm 112:7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.


Like Peter, we must get out of the boat, but consistently keep our eyes on Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33).






When Jesus tells us to deny ourselves and to follow Him (Matthew 16:24), we think of turning from comfort, family, and other pleasurable material items. But, Jesus also wants us to deny ourselves from our need to know everything, place personal trust in Him and His word, and walk in faith.

Like Peter, we must get out of the boat, but consistently keep our eyes on Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33).


Jesus never calls us to anywhere He hasn’t been first. Jesus set the ultimate example of faith.

  • 1 Peter 2:23 When he was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.

  • Phil 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

This year I had the honor of meeting many missionaries. In each of their stories, Jesus remained a firm foundation, rock, shield, and He never left them. As they kept their minds on Him, He kept them in perfect peace. Also, through faith and obedience, more eyes were opened to the glory of God.


Hearing their stories of going to different lands when fear and doubt were loud, really caused me to look at my faith.

Has my need to know everything and my desire for safety, caused me to stand still when Jesus says go? Jesus says go, and I be like, no.


This go is not just to a foreign land, what about going to my neighbor, or away from my sin.


What does faith look like in the everyday?


  • Maybe God has been pressing on your heart and mind to do something for Him and every time you want to obey, your mind is flooded with all the things that can go wrong. Trust Him, He is faithful.

  • God is calling you to turn from sin, no doubt about it! That may mean you may lose an income, maybe you have to move out of a living space, or maybe you will face persecution of some form. Your life as you know it will be changed and that is scary. Trust Him, He knows your needs before you ask.

  • Maybe right now you're in a season of the unknown, and you really want some answers. Wait on the Lord. He is good to those who wait on Him.


Faith, the elephant in the room for the Christian. Being lead by the Spirit means you may have to go into some deep waters. Take heart Christian, because when God calls you in the unknown, into the darkness, He is already there.





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