Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

03/27/2019

Randall Caselman

 

Safe In The Arms Of Jesus

 

  Remember the days when we never locked the car, even left the keys in the ignition. On the farm, we never locked the doors, cattle were safe in the field, tractors and implements safely stored in an open barn. But security is a word that we hear frequently today; security screenings at the airport; background checks, alert security guards at athletic and other crowd-drawing events; vigilant off-duty policemen in stores, schools, and shopping malls; security devices on our computers, firewalls, and virus screening software. All these precautions sometime fail, so, what do we need? What do we do? LIVE BY FAITH!! I agree that may sound naïve when everything around us screams for a better security system, but it’s true.

 

  What is faith? We need a definition.

• The Hebrews’ writer says, Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Faith is knowing God and knowing about God.

• Faith includes mental assent; our acceptance, our acknowledgment, of the fact that God exists and that He is who He says He is.

• Faith is a trust and confidence in God and His ability to fulfill all His promises to us.

• Faith is obedience. Jesus said holding to His teaching will make us His disciple.

 

  God wants us to live by faith. He wants to be our security. The Hebrews writer says this pleases Him. He wants us to acknowledge Him, trust Him, believe that His omnipotent power is at work in our lives enabling and protecting us. He wants us to have confidence in all His promises, confidence enough to obey Him. Church, do we have this kind of faith in God? Do we? Really?

 

  Amazing isn’t it we have this kind of faith in other things we deal with daily. I remember the first time I flew to Africa, I boarded a 747 from Heathrow to Cape Town. As I walked through the concourse I had never seen an airplane that big. It was three stories tall and looked as long as a football field. I had a seat, as I watched them load huge container after container after container into the belly of the plane, I thought don’t get it too heavy, or it won’t fly. I looked at the map in the pouch, it was a long way from London to the tip of Africa. The map showed that most of the way we would be flying over open water. I thought about the pilot and his ability to find a small runway somewhere on the vast continent of Africa. But the truth was, I never once thought about me flapping my arms and trying to fly to Cape Town. I never thought about going to the cockpit, telling the pilot, “let me help.” I was not counting on my ability to fly, nor my ability to navigate. My strength and ability were immaterial. I was trusting in the crew and the plane to get me there. I was living by faith.

 

  Need we make the connection? Our knowledge, wisdom and achievements, however noble, are not important. Our credentials, as impressive as they might be, are of no concern. It makes no difference how much education, how many letters follow our name. God is the power in my life and yours. Paul said, "it is in Him that we live, move, have our very existence" (Acts 17.28). Indeed, without Him we are nothing, without Him we would surely fail.

 

  Go with me to Mount Sinai. Stand beside Moses before the burning bush. Notice that at no time does Scripture focus on the strength and ability of Moses. Just think about it:

• Who would know his way around the political arena of Egypt more than a former prince?

• Who would be more suited for leading people through the wilderness than a shepherd who had attended sheep there for forty years?

• Who would have more rapport with God’s people, Israel, than one of their own?

 

  If we had been there, we would have pointed these things out to Moses saying: “Come on Moses give it a try; you can do it, you’re qualified!” But God doesn’t say anything like that does He? He simply asks; “Moses what is that in your hand?” God was Moses' enabler!

 

  The strengths and expertise of Moses were never considered. Why? Because the strength and abilities of Moses were not the issue, the strength of God was.

• It was not Moses who delivered Israel from Egypt.

• It was not Moses who guided and provided for them in the wilderness.

• It was not Moses who gave them manna, water, and quail.

• It was not Moses who gave them the Law.

It was God!

 

  Indeed, as paradoxical as it sounds, this kind of faith is liberating. No longer must we carry the burden of our own ability, our own safety and security. No longer must we wonder if we are doing enough to go to Heaven. We can lean on One whose purposes are greater than our fears. Listen church, our salvational security must be faith based. We cannot earn our forgiveness, nor our eternal salvation, we never could. We must trust God and His promises enough to lean back and rest in His being our Father, Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Protector, Enabler, and Savior.

 

  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do... Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”(Ephesians 2.2-20 & 3.20-21).

 

  —Randall Caselman