The intersection of two theologies

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By Dave Henning / April 28, 2021

“We live at the intersection of two theologies, two realities.  God’s faithfulness is pursuing us from the past and God’s sovereignty is bearing down on us from the future.  Look back, and it’s so far so God.  Look ahead, and the best is yet to come.”- Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 9 of Win the Day as he notes our tendency to see shadows in a negative light.  Because past-tense regret and future-tense anxiety possess the ability to cast long shadows on the present.  However, that’s precisely the point when and where God overshadows us.  For His grace is sufficient, His power made perfect in weakness.

Furthermore, Mark underscores, faith involves taking the first step before God reveals the second step.  In addition, you don’t need to figure out every facet of your future to imagine unborn tomorrows.  Instead, you muster the courage to take the next step.

Above all, you know that a goal honors God when your goal = a God-sized goal.  Because you can’t accomplish such a goal without God’s help.  That way God gets the glory.  He does things it’s impossible for you to take credit for.

Finally, on July 23, 1886, daredevil Steve Brodie made the 120-foot jump off the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge.  The twenty-two year old made his jump due to a $200 bet.  Brodie survived the jump and collected the bet.

As a result, the phrase pulling a Brodie became synonymous with a dangerous stunt, a calculated risk, a life-changing leap of faith.  Something that scares the living daylights out of you.  Yet, you find it awesome afterward.  Mark concludes:

“There are moments in life when playing it safe is risky!  You’ve got to make the move, make the call, make the leap.  And, I might add, make a mistake! . . .  You are one decision away from a totally different life!  It might be the hardest decision you’ll ever make, but it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.”

Today’s question: What does it mean to you to live at the intersection of two theologies?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Trip wires – our triggers and tendencies”

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