Faith isn’t linear

By Dave Henning / October 23, 2016

“Faith isn’t linear  Faith is exponential.”- Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson begins Chapter 16 (“Chain Reactions”) of Chase the Lion by citing a research study on domino chain reaction.  Published in 1983 by Lorne Whitehead, the unique significance of the study lays in the discovery that a domino possesses the capability of knocking over a domino one-and-a-half times its size!

Similarly, in math we note two types of progression- linear and exponential.  For example, taking thirty linear three-foot steps takes you ninety feet from your starting point.  In contrast, taking thirty exponential steps enables you to circle the earth twenty-six times.

Therefore, although your two-inch domino dream appears trite to you, it makes all the difference when projected across time and space.  As Mark previously wrote:

“Don’t despise the day of small beginnings! . . . If you do little things like they’re big things, God will do big things like they’re little things.”

However, we tend to think of our decisions in present-tense terms– right here, right now.  But God spans the generations.  After all, the author reminds us, He’s the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

As a result, Mark explains, we find it hard to fathom the domino effect of our chosen options:

“Every decision we make has a domino effect way beyond our ability to predict or control.  We can’t predict when or how, but our seeds of faith will reap a harvest somehow, someday, someway.   And it’s often when and where we least expect it.”

Today’s question: Would you describe your current level of faith as linear or exponential?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “What God does for us”

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