Today’s blog, written by Pastor Peter Yoon of Kairos Church in San Diego, was first posted on November 29, 2014.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I’m learning that there is a huge difference between vulnerability and insecurity in the journey of faith.
In this passage, Jesus is about to be taken up to heaven, and He understands the fears and insecurities that are gripping the disciples’ hearts as they face an insurmountable challenge of making disciples of all nations. He knows that they will be facing uncertainties, but He tells them that they can trade all of their insecurities for an overwhelming sense of confidence in His presence.
Similarly, in Judges 7, Gideon gathers an army after being summoned by God to fight against the Midianites. Before the battle begins, Gideon would see God reduce the army to one percent of the original number, raising the odds from 4 to 1, to 400 to 1; another insurmountable challenge. Yet God’s presence would go ahead and cause confusion among the Midianites, causing them to flee from a small army of 300 men.
Again and again, throughout Scriptures, people of God are led to circumstances where vulnerability and dependency on God are very real issues. He still does the same today as His church continues to seek His Kingdom.
Graham Cooke writes: Insecurity produces unbelief. A paralysis occurs where there needs to be movement and faith in action. People see their own smallness rather than the majesty of God. (The Israelites in Numbers 13: 33 said, “We were like grasshoppers in our own sight.”) Such people are prevented from achieving breakthrough in faith.
In contrast, vulnerability is knowing that God is happy to send us out as lambs amongst wolves because He is confident in His own ability to watch over us and work through our weaknesses. When we are vulnerable, we see our inadequacies in the light of God’s sovereignty and power, and we discover hope and faith.
It seems that when facing insurmountable challenges, we can either fix our gaze upon our inadequacies and be completely paralyzed, or we can fix our gaze upon Jesus who is also the perfector of our faith. The difference between insecurity and vulnerability seem so subtle; however, in God’s eyes, the two are as far as east is from the west.
Perhaps some of you are facing circumstances that you know you are inadequate to handle. Look to God in this season and place all of your dependence upon Him. In prayer, express to Him daily of your need for His presence in your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I desperately need to depend on You, instead of people and things. So help me to discipline myself to spend a quiet moment each day with You. Help me to daily fix my eyes on Christ and ask the Holy Spirit to fill me. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 26-27