Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:23-23:49 / Hebrews 11:1-16 / Proverbs 27:15-22
The story is told of a lost and dehydrated man in the desert who stumbled on an old shack. He sat under it’s shade and noticed an old rusty water pump. He regained enough strength to grab the handle and pump it as fast as he could but nothing came out. In his disappointment, he staggered back to the shack and noticed an old jug. He wiped the dust from it and read this message attached to it, “You have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug, my friend. P.S.: Be sure you fill the jug again before you leave.”
He popped the cork and it was full of water and he faced a huge decision. If he drank the water, he could live but if he poured all the water in the old rusty pump, it might provide fresh and abundant water. After some thought, he reluctantly poured all the water into the pump. He grabbed the handle and began to pump – squeak, squeak, squeak but nothing came out. He continued hoping it would work and after a few more tries, a dribble of water came out, then a small stream and then it gushed fresh, cool water. After he was refreshed and well satisfied, he filled the jug for the next traveler and added to the note, “Believe me, it really works. You have to give it all away before you get anything back.”
Often times we have to operate in faith before we receive anything of substance. There are some people in the world that equate faith with superstition and believe in order to have faith you must kiss reason goodbye. Faith is not a hunch that is followed, hoping for the best or hoping that everything will turn out for our good. It is not a feeling of optimism. Faith is believing there is another dimension to life beyond that which can be touched, tasted, seen or felt.
Hebrews defines faith as, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is the power that holds on to the unseen. Faith is a persuasion of hope, “the desire of good with a belief that it is attainable.” We place our assurance and hope not in this world but in the God who made the world! We believe God exists and even though He is “unseen”, He is not “unknown”. He reveals and manifests Himself in our visible and tangible world.
Faith enables us to see the unseen world that the natural man cannot see. “Seeing is believing” in the physical world but “believing is seeing” in the spiritual world. Faith is the telescope that brings the future promises of God into present focus. We are “sure” of what we hope for. He is the substance and the foundation of our faith.
Our faith has a solid and unshakable confidence in God. Like someone once said, “Strong faith in a weak plank will land you in the river, but weak faith in a strong plank will get you across the river.” God has been tested and proven to be all-powerful, reliable, dependable, sure and faithful. Put ALL of your faith in God no matter how weak it may be…you will find Him to be all you need!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!