Raise your hand if you’re in a season of disbelief. Now keep in mind, I’m not talking about doubting God, but rather a "Seriously God, your power, grace and love for me never ceases to amaze me" kind of disbelief! I’m talking the "awestruck, astonished, drop to your knees" kind of disbelief that Peter experienced in Luke 5. He’d been fishing all night without catching anything, but when Jesus told Peter to throw in his net, it came up bursting full of fish. Astonished, Peter fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Depart from me, because I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8 NIV).
A moment of disbelief like Peter’s can be good and even invigorating to our walk with the Lord. When we practice the discipline of noticing, we will undoubtedly be wowed by God’s greatness. It’s when we get stuck in disbelief that we have a problem. If we wallow in disbelief, then we leave an open door for the enemy to sneak in and tell us there is no way God is really that good or loves us that much.
But here’s the thing. Isaiah 43 reminds us that not only is God really that good and that loving … He’s only just begun! Check out verses 18 and 19:
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT)
Wow, did you catch that? “It is nothing compared to what I am going to do.” The verses prior to verse 18 lay out some pretty remarkable things that God had done, and then God tells us that’s nothing compared to what He is going to do. If that isn’t encouraging, invigorating and just downright cool, I don’t know what is!
But take note of verse 22: “But, dear family of Jacob, you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me, O Israel!”
Yikes! May we never grow weary of anticipating God’s goodness and never stop asking for His help.
My season of disbelief is nothing short of miraculous. I have done nothing to be deserving and brought nothing extravagant to the table other than a heart of willingness towards God’s Call on my life. I am in disbelief that we are just a few short weeks away from releasing Compel 2.0—the new, improved Compel online training platform designed to help ministries accomplish their mission. I am in disbelief that God wants to use me to impact Kingdom-oriented leaders who are literally changing the world.
So, how about you? What do you see just beyond the horizon? Where do you see God about to unleash something new in your life, your ministry, or your leadership?
“We are put on this earth to give, to devote ourselves to a radical brand of generosity that changes lives and leaves a legacy.”