Have you ever noticed, the answer is always the same? No matter the question, no matter the time of day, no matter your frame mind, the answer is always, just jump. Faith, blind faith, just jump. Sounds easy huh? You might say, “But God, isn’t there another answer?” “Can’t you give me something tangible that I can hold onto?” “Don’t you know how to say anything else, you know it’s kinda difficult to….just jump.” You may think you know the answer and you take your petition to God (just for confirmation of course) and it comes back otherwise…He tells you once again, just jump.
“Wait God, let me say this another way, maybe you didn’t understand me quite right. Surely you don’t want me to jump. Surely you want me to turn away, please God, tell me what I want to hear.” You know just once you would think that God might need some help from us. He might ask our opinion of what is our preference before he tells us what we don’t want to hear. “You know God, you could humor us once in a while.”
People go to God for lots of things. Small things to some, are huge things to others. Your prayer to me would be so insignificant, why are you bothering God with that anyway? My prayer to you would be such a waste of time. You might even say, “Don’t bother God with that little piddly thing, leave room for my problems and needs, at least let me talk to God before you do. You’re gonna get him in a bad mood.” Aren’t you glad God doesn’t answer us in the same way? He listens to all of our problems, praises, and concerns. He wants to hear from His children, even though sometimes He may answer your question in an unpopular manner. He continues to direct us to just jump.
How about that guy in your office with his wife that is terminally ill? You have had discussions with him that God’s will must be done in their lives. He has to let go of the guilt of working during this time and believe that God’s hand is upon them. Yet he continues to worry, fret, and decline in health as well, his job may be in jeopardy. God has told him to jump. Why hasn’t he? Why does he continue to hold onto the burden that God has promised to take from him?
There’s that lady down the street with no money to make her house payment. She calls you and cries, she says she just doesn’t know where she will find the money this month. There is really nothing you can do except pray with her. You have no money to spare, you have a family and bills of your own. Besides why doesn’t she go out and get a job herself? She wouldn’t have this problem. Then again, that may be your answer, not God’s. She takes her burden month after month to God. He always finds a way for her, but is that a way to live? Worrying from payment to payment? She may say, “God you know my need. I have it every month. You said you would supply my need, but God, here I am again with no money to pay my bills. How can I trust in you with this fear over me every month?” God supplied that answer a long time ago, she just wasn’t willing to jump. She couldn’t see through the darkness…she needed something tangible to hold onto. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 1:1). God instructed her to jump. Yet she hasn’t.
Some people can’t seem to find the right person, can they? They go from empty relationship to empty relationship continuing to petition God for the answer. They just know their answer is in that person they met last month. Cute, good personality, no past baggage, matching income, independent, yet willing to share responsibility. Can’t you hear the prayer now, “Oh God, I have found the perfect match. You should see her, well I guess you have seen her. Anyway, she has everything a man could want. Please have your way in my life, please open this door for me. This just feels so right, I know this must be your will.” After about a month of dating they find out some of those things weren’t exactly right. Some of those things they just knew were a God-send have turned out to be falsehoods. They know they heard Him right the first time, He told them to jump. He told them He would fill that void in their life, and yet they continued to swim alone. If only they had taken that jump before that last heart break. Who knows what could have come from it…God knows.
“God, let me ask this one more time. What would you have me do?” “Give me instruction and direction, let me know your will. I trust you to be there to catch me, no-matter what. I’ll jump this time if you tell me to.” Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). God has promised to be with us, to be a constant in our lives. We must stop praying for our will to be done in our life and pray for His. Look at the mess some have made of their own lives. God has given us the very simple answer. Just Jump. He’ll be there, even though you don’t see him. Even though as far as you can see there’s nothing there but darkness. You may think He has forgotten you. He can see you no matter where you are or where you’ve been, when you take that step of faith, He’ll be there to catch you. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7. Just Jump!!
Shanna Hoskison (c) Nov 2000