One Sunday at church, we were singing Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. As I was gleefully belting out, leeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaning, leeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaning, a thought struck me, and I jotted this down: Never in situations where we need to lean.
Think about it. How often do we find ourselves in a “leaning” situation? When was the last time we did something in faith that simply couldn’t be done without God’s help?
Years ago, I was reading the autobiography of one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan. If you aren’t familiar with their story, you can read about it here. This resilient young man described their flight on foot from Sudan to Ethiopia, and the lion attacks, crocodile abductions, and armed rebels that these young boys endured.
One part in this autobiography shamed me, and still sticks with me. The author was describing how God had gotten them through so many unbelievable trials, and he pointed out how small Americans’ faith is. Our faith is small, he believes, because we are never in situations where we truly need God. We don’t know what He can do, because we don’t let Him show us.
Why is this? Do we not believe that God is real? Do we not believe that God can actually do anything? Do we theoretically believe that God created the heavens and the earth, yet when it comes to real-life situations, we’re not so sure?
In 2 Kings 3, the king of Israel teamed up with the kings of Judah and Edom to attack Moab. They found themselves in the desert seven days later with no water, so they sent for the prophet Elisha. Elisha advised the kings to fill the valley with ditches, knowing they would be flowing with water in the morning. He says in verse 18, “This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.”
Easy! If generating a desert full of water is easy for God, why don’t we trust him to the simple things in our lives? Let God show you what He can do – He wants to!