Faith or Common Sense?

Our dear friend prepared for a huge transition from church staff ministry to mission field work. Being a husband and father to three little girls, he concerned himself with the finances and how it was all going to come together. No longer would he collect a weekly paycheck- funds had to be raised through financial supporters of his mission work.

I remember encouraging him with the words, “God called you to this mission field and the finances are His doing. You are not going to see it all in advance; you are called to live by faith. However, if you decide to fend for yourself and make the money happen, you are telling the Father, ‘I’ve got this figured out, and I have no need of You in this area.’ This would be a detrimental mindset because you would excuse yourself from His supernatural working in your life.”

In a revised edition of My Utmost for His Highest, the words of Oswald Chambers echo this same sentiment.

If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.” Even the most devout among us become atheistic in this regard- we do not believe Him. We put our common sense on the throne and then attach God’s name to it. We do lean to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts (See Proverbs 3:5-6).

Are you finding it difficult to truly trust the Father in heaven for everything?

Do you want to see His mighty hand at work in your life? 

Is there any area that I can pray about with you today and you can see faith rise?

Faith makes a fool of what makes sense.  -Joel Houston, Michael Guy Chislett of Hillsong (“Here Now”)

Looking up,




5 Comments on “Faith or Common Sense?”

  1. Here is a good quote:

    “We hear it said that Jesus Christ taught nothing contrary to common sense: everything Jesus Christ taught was contrary to common sense. Not one thing in the Sermon on the Mount is common sense. The basis of Christianity is neither common sense nor rationalism; it springs from another centre, viz. a personal relationship to God in Christ Jesus in which everything is ventured on from a basis that is not seen.”

    –Oswald Chambers

  2. Thank you for this post 🙂 I say yes to all 3 questions regarding my career finances time and parenting, I don’t want to continue to figure or want see everything in advance, I don’t want to excuse Him from any area of my life, I desire to see His deliverance. I desire God to be my only source of hope and trust…I want to know Him more. Thanks for your prayers and all you do. I will definitely check out the book My utmost for His Highest.

  3. Pingback: Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything | From guestwriters

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