“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.”- Psalm 46:1
“And now for something completely different.”- John Cleese (Monty Python)
In Chapter 6 of All In, author Mark Batterson states that Elisha made a statement of faith when he burned his plowing equipment to follow Elijah. By doing so, Elisha was visibly demonstrating that there was no turning back. He had no place else to turn if his prophetic apprenticeship with Elijah didn’t pan out.
Going all in, Pastor Batterson explains, is about being fully present in the here and now, living as though each day is the first and last day of your life. Mark defines making a statement of faith in this way:
“A statement of faith . . . (is) a defining decision accompanied by a dramatic action that symbolizes your absolute commitment to Jesus Christ and His cause.”
However, the author believes one of our fundamental spiritual problems is that “we want God to do something now while we keep doing the same old thing.” But if we’re asking God for new wine, we need a new wineskin. We also must remember that we find God in the present. His name is I Am. He is our ever present help in trouble.
Today’s question: At this state of your desert, transitional journey, what prevents you from going all in? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Press on”