This last Sunday here at H2O Church, we started a new series of teachings entitled Vintage Faith. This series is looking at the faith of some of the heroes in Scripture. For the first lesson, we looked at the lives of Joshua and Caleb as they were on the team of spies that went to scout the land of Canaan we the Israelites came up to the land. They were the only two that believed the Israelites would be able to conquer the land. As we walked through their faith, John made four observations that can be applied to our faith.
Observation 1 – Dont be afraid. Joshua & Caleb weren’t afraid, they knew they could conquer the land. During the big controversary among the people, Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30 NASB)Oswald Chambers has said, that “Faith is the heroic effort of my life.”John challenged us to ask outselves the question, ‘If I knew I wouldn’t fail, what would I try?’
Observation 2 – Anytime you attempt to do something great, there will be naysayers.It has been said:Pessimists think they are realistsOptimists think they live by faithBut this isn’t about personality, it’s about seeing God correctly in my life.
Observation 3 – Once you catch a glimpse of what can be, you stop complaining about what is. We stop grumbling and complaining because we look ahead to what God can/is doing.It’s about expectation… Expecting what God is doing, and expecting that what he is doing is great things.William Carey said, “Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God.”
Observation 4 – We are just screwed up people with jelly hands.John closed with this observation and used the illustration of Charlie Brown to drive it home:
Charlie Brown holds up his hands before Lucy and says, “These are hands which may someday accomplish great things. These are hands which someday may accomplish marvelous works! They may build mighty bridges, or heal the sick, or hit home runs, or write soul-stirring novels. These are hands which may someday change the course of destiny!” Lucy looks at Charlie Browns hands and says, “But…They’ve got jelly on them!” We’re just a buncha screwed up people with jelly hands. Don’t think God can’t use YOU because of jelly hands.