There is a song by Hillsong United called Oceans. There is a chorus in the song that says “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the water wherever You would call me, Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” I have heard so many different views on the message of the words in this chorus. But what has been gnawing at me is this; I think we can be super spiritual many times when we sing this song in our corporate gatherings but for most of us our faith has borders. Many times BIG borders. We have drawn a line in the sand that says this is as far as we can go. We can trust as long as what we are trusting God for is something we see and understand.
The definition of trust is firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. We say that we trust God but when the boat starts rocking and the waves begin to appear we begin to question God’s ability to deliver. We begin to think He is not reliable because trouble has come our way and disturbed the peace we were experiencing. The odd thing about trust is it must be tested! You don’t learn how to trust when everything is running perfectly smooth. Life has a way of presenting us all with opportunity to live out what we sing about on Sunday mornings or when we are singing along with the worship song as we are driving down the road. In a moment life can take a turn and this is where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Is your faith without borders?
In Genesis 12 we have a story of Abram. He was minding his own business and all of a sudden God spoke, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram departed as the Lord instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
Wow! Life is interrupted. Absolutely no forewarning and his life is going to change. We read that Abram departed as the Lord instructed. What, no arguments? No, “Hey wait a minute things are going just fine around here, Lord and how do I know I can trust You?” He departed……no borders! I am pretty sure I would have had a conversation that would have been full of questions and concerns. But we know the story. Time and time again Abram was tested and he trusted. He had to have the test to learn to trust.
Moses had a pretty cushy life being raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. He never had need of anything. Never suffered lack. Next thing you know he has to flee his country, lives in the desert as a runaway Egyptian whom would become the deliverer of his real family the Hebrews. In Hebrews 11:27 we read, “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” He did not understand it all but he put his trust in the God he could not see.
None of us knows what tomorrow holds. We cannot even rehearse for an interruption in our life that may occur. We have no plan for the things of life that can happen. Will our trust have borders? Have we not yet learned through the trials we have already endured that God is trustworthy, reliable, and more than capable to take us through? If we want to walk upon the waters there can be no borders. We must allow the water to cross that line in the sand and wash it away. We must do as Peter did and when Jesus calls us to step out into unknown, untested waters that we will not drown. Has He not kept us afloat before? Will He not do it again? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He changes not!
His arms reach across the line that we create when we take that first step. When that step of faith occurs He has a grip on our hand and He proves to us each and every time that our faith in Him makes us stronger. That border around your trust may be there for many reasons but God is bigger than your reason. He can keep you in the storm of loss, grief, fear and even death. You can trust Him without borders. Take that first step and you will most assuredly find Him there!
Living by the brook,