A Supernatural Kind of Faith September 22, 2022
Thursday, September 22nd
Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Brian Howard, Teaching Pastor
A Supernatural Kind of Faith
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
This week I have been dealing with a complicated project that is aimed at tackling an obstacle our church is facing. While the problem is unique, dealing with complex and difficult situations is a normal part of my work week. I have noticed that in dealing with this issue, I have spoken to others for wisdom, relied on my experience, spent time whiteboarding solutions, and working long hours to figure it out. All those things are good, right, and natural things to do in the face of a complicated problem. However, I must confess that in seeking a solution to this issue I have not asked for, anticipated, believed for, or sought a supernatural solution. Perhaps you have fallen into this trap too – trying to work something out on your own strength rather than on the supernatural and miraculous power of God.
The early church had very little money, almost no power, no connections, and little status in society. But what they did have was the power of the Holy Spirit within them and through that, signs and wonders happened. Through that power, they were able to evangelize the nations, plant churches, serve the poor and heal the sick. They understood that in times of great weakness, God could show himself to be strong on their behalf. I want to have that kind of faith and that kind of view of the world.
Our 21st-century default is a kind of functional atheism that assumes God either doesn’t exist or is distant and uninterested in human affairs. This is not an accurate view of the Bible. If we want to become the church God is calling us to be, we must return to the biblical view that God is in our midst, supernaturally showing himself to be strong on behalf of those who love him.
For today: Are there any problems that you are facing for which you have not been asking for a miraculous move of God?