“Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water” (Psalm 114: 7-8 NRSV)
Throughout the Old Testament, the confession of faith is that the God of Israel, the LORD, can do the impossible: from opening up the womb of the barren to turning the rock into a pool of water. God is able to do what human beings cannot do. God not only speaks creation into being, but God can make something dead live. Saving faith rests in this reality: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 4:24-25 is clear that that which enables us to be saved is our faith that God raised Jesus from the dead-not simply that Jesus existed, or that Jesus was the Son of God, but that God made Jesus live again by God's Spirit. As such we live our lives “by faith,” by trusting in God's power, not by “sight,” merely relying upon what we can see and figure out.
The question is how do we “live by faith.” How do we make decisions based on “faith” and not “sight.” The key is whether or not in our decision making process we rely upon God or rely upon ourselves. It is a heart issue-whether or not we trust God in our decisions is known to us and to God, but not always to anyone else.
When faced with a decision, whether to do this or that, go here or go there, do we involve God in that decision? Do we ultimately trust God in our heart to bring about God's will and plan, or are we ultimately trusting in our own wisdom. Sure, we make plans, think things through, use our best judgment-these are all part of being a responsible human being. But at the end of the day, there are no guarantees in life. Every human plan is vulnerable to collapse and going awry. At the end of the day the question is whether or not we trust God for the outcome. Are we willing to let God “turn the rock into water”?
As the proverb says, “In his heart a man plans his heart, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9). What plans are you making right now? Is God involved? Are you making them in faith?