Think about the phrase, “I’m counting on you!” Whenever that phrase is uttered, it is always spoken to someone you know. The parent says this to the child; the coach says this to the player; the teacher says this to the student. The question I have for you today is: Can you say this about Jesus Christ?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Counting on someone really comes down to knowing that someone. So . . . how well do you know Jesus? I’m not talking about the worldly vision of Jesus, which imagines either some celestial Santa Clause—making His list and checking it twice to determine who’s been naughty or nice—or the angry Cosmic Cop, who is just waiting for you to break the law so He can take His pound of flesh from you. I’m talking about the real Jesus—the One who left His throne and took on human flesh, entered into this world, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and rose supernaturally from the grave. How well do you know this Jesus? The better you know Him, the more you will count on Him!
God has given us a number of resources that help us know the Christ, and I have often discussed them in this blog: from the Bible to corporate worship, from prayer to Christian friends. But I want to suggest another resource that we often forget about: past experience.
Can you think about a time in your past when God came through for you? Of course you can . . . probably several times! God has continually come through for you in the past, time and time again. But we have a tendency to forget that, just as the Israelites did when God used Moses to lead them out of their captivity in Egypt. They had witnessed the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, they had eaten manna from heaven and seen God bring water from a rock, but it wasn’t long before they stopped counting on God and began counting on themselves, which culminated in the awful incident of the golden calf.
But this is not for you! The same God who has come through for you so many times in the past will continue to do so in the future.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
You can count on the One who has led you out of captivity and set you free to be all He is calling you to be. Granted, you can’t—and shouldn’t—count on God to always give you all the “stuff” you want in this life. He doesn’t work that way! But you can count on Him to give you everything you need to do all He is calling you to do. Jesus Christ was worthy of your trust in your past; He is worthy of your trust today; and He is most definitely worthy of your trust as you move into the future . . . even during those inevitable times when you are challenged to trust Christ even though you feel that you cannot trace Him.
So . . . where in your life are you counting on Christ right now? Where do you want Him to show up “big time” to meet you in your place of deepest need? Fear not, for the power of the One you are counting on is greater than any power you will ever come up against!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!