Wrestling with God

There is one way to salvation. A salvation formed and fashioned for those God called from from the very beginning. The same God that chose you, also put something in you that not many people have. A heart for him. You may have to endure for a season but hold on to God.

“I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”

Genesis 32:26

Not an easy road

Common consensus says that following God is hard but following our own way is easy. Everyday living alone tells us that nothing in life comes easy. Machines utilise a certain amount of power to produce the food we buy in groceries. Cars utilise a certain amount of force to get us from point A to B. Our own muscles use a certain amount of torque just to get our body moving. Life takes effort. So if life itself requires effort, we have already proved that we have what it takes to put in the work. God knows his creation.

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

Isaiah 43:7

We are literally built for this. When the God of heaven and earth hand crafted every last hair on your head, he gave you the means to serve him. Faith is our strength. It's ingrained in us but we have been tricked.

“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”

Ecclesiastes 7:29

Many have been convinced that the way of God is too challenging and that we should be able to have our cake and eat it too. We've been fed the lie that life is easy and we should be able to figure it out on our own.

Sacrifice of faith

Everything requires a sacrifice. God taught us this long before any religion was ever known or named. The Israelites were told to sacrifice to God and God alone so animals were offered up and burned in the fire. While this sacrifice was for a time, it was merely a pale shadow of the sacrifice God required.

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me”

Hebrews 10:5

Abraham demonstrated what God desired when asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. The sacrifice God desires is one of faith. For one to sacrifice means that you believe that the entity you are sacrificing to has the power to give in return. You place your trust in it, thereby it now has your faith in its hands. Your faith goes on its altar as a sacrifice. If this entity is false, your faith is shattered. It burns away. If the entity is worthy, your faith is strengthened. Abraham's faith was put on the line, burned in the fire of uncertainty and proven true by the true and living God, thereby Isaac was saved.

“If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

1 Corinthians 3:15

When we place our faith in alternative forms of the true God, we place ourselves in hidden danger. Our faith is put on the altar and when this invention proves to be false, we get burned. We end up naked as we came in the world, like the Israelites when they decided a handmade idol was better than the Most High God. Faith in a lesser sacrifice didn't work in the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun.

Too strait

I must admit, the world offers us many ways to save ourselves. It took the world less than a year to offer a solution to something they classified as a worldwide pandemic. A plague even. Quite impressive considering this same world still has no solutions to deeper problems that have plagued us for decades.

“For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”

Matthew 23:4

Beloved of God, the only faith worth having is faith in Jesus Christ. He is faith itself. He was put on trial by man, faced the fire of our Father in heaven, proven true and rose to glory. This is our path. Always remember you are not alone. Doubters may even get in your way. Keep going. They too have a purpose. Elijah was physically alone and tremendously outnumbered against the false "truth tellers" of the day but made light work of them. His sacrifice of faith was burned in the fire and proven true by a God who said he would never leave us neither forsake us.

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

John 14:18

Isaac was told by father Abraham that he was to be made a living sacrifice. The same message applies to us today. Present your bodies a living sacrifice. God has provided his perfect lamb but he needs us to come to the altar first. Place your faith on the altar of God and you shall never be ashamed. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.

“And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.”

Joel 2:27