How large is our measuring cup? It depends upon what we are aiming to do. We can top it off at 1 cup or even up to 4 cups. Measure by measure we fill our cups to the exact amount needed.
How does this translate into our relationship with God? We measure God’s abilities with our own abilities. We see a situation that is overwhelming and measure our skill to tackle it. We view our obstacles by saying I only have this much flour, this much ability to fix my problem.
Why don’t we reflect upon who Jesus is rather than who we are? When we reflect upon who Jesus is, we can throw our measuring cup away because He is infinitely powerful and able to do more than we ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Why is it so hard to have faith that can move mountains? Is it because of unbelief in our God who created all things?
How do we see God in everything? When we see history dug up complete with ancient ruins, we can surely say there was a culture living before us. There is tangible evidence in coins, artifacts and etchings on walls.
All we have to do is walk outside and see the sky, sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, animals, every species known and unknown to man, oceans, sea creatures, ground we walk on, mountains, seasons, rain, snow, human bodies which can hold a child in their womb. Is creation not good enough to believe God is great?
When we use batteries these batteries can run out, they have no more power to give. They are limited in what they can do. When you use current from an electrical source your power stays on unless you turn it off.
How do we turn off our power source from God, how about by unbelief. Words can turn from I have faith in God because I know He is faithful to I have no faith in God in what He is up to. God didn’t show up when I needed Him. Why is this happening to me? I don’t trust God. This brings everything back to I am in control because I don’t believe God can handle anything in my life.
How do we keep from reflecting upon who we are to who God is? If your thoughts are running on batteries, you will know it. When your energy runs out of trying to control and depend upon yourself apart from God there will be a surge of fleshly attitudes and behaviors. There is blame and everything in-between pointing the finger at life gone wrong. Anger sets in, not the type of righteous anger God speaks about but one that festers in unbelief that God is not who He claims to be.
All scripture goes out the door and you begin writing your own version of why did my batteries fail once again? God doesn’t want us to run on our own batteries. He wants us to reflect on who He is moment by moment, in every circumstance. God has solutions if we have problems. Do we remember to thank and praise Him on a daily basis?
I think of newborn kittens who rely upon their mother’s milk daily. It’s not an option but a must.
When we focus on our own measuring cup, we surely will run out if a recipe calls for more and we don’t have it. If we run our lives with our own flesh driven, battery powered faith then we can expect to have no source of supply to keep us keeping on. Success to God is not being a self contained battery pack that runs on a flesh fueled existence.
So where do we go from here? Throw away your measuring cup that holds only your ability to handle every situation. Faith is the assurance of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
What was the joy set before Jesus? Was it the suffering on the cross or was it the eternal salvation that was to come being offered to all mankind. This is what brought Him joy; that we may be partakers of His heavenly Kingdom, partakers of being called children of God, joint heirs, made righteous in His sight and having fellowship with our Father who created us, an eternal well flowing within and eternal life granted by His grace.
So I ask, where is your faith planted?
Is your faith in a measuring cup that will always need to be filled, a battery that will always run out? Or in our God who amply supplies all we need according to His riches in glory?
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
God says no good thing will He withhold. So why would we doubt who God is? The evidence is unbelief. A synonym for unbelief is atheism, a belief that no God exists. By our actions and attitudes we discredit God of His power, might, glory, strength, character and faithfulness. We have declared Him incompetent, inadequate, incapable, inefficient for all things. We hold our measuring cup tightly in our hands because it is tangible. We measure our future by what we see. God is not in control, we are.
So next time batteries run out, don’t forget one is an atheist at heart, willing to abandon any thought of God intervening in any way possible, renouncing His faithfulness and love to those who Jesus died for. Any miracles Jesus did are now null and void because they do not apply to the atheist.