This week we got a great word from my friend Naeem Fazal. I’m so happy that you had the opportunity to hear such an inspiring message. And Naeem is the best person to give it!
Born a Muslim and coming to America in the early 1990s, he lived a life that few of us have ever even seen. But shortly after moving to the States, he had a supernatural experience with Jesus. An irrational one. And that experience gives him irrational confidence.
After serving as a pastor and planting a church, he and his wife travel and share their incredible story. And that message you heard this week is just one small snapshot of it.
How do you get irrational confidence, the kind that Naeem shared about and that the Roman official in Matthew 8 had? It starts with an encounter with Christ. If your faith is based on anything else, then it’s simply rational. It’s easy to believe and have confidence in what we see. But to believe beyond measure in something or someone you’ve never, ever seen with your own eyes? That’s where our irrational confidence comes from.
One area that we all need irrational confidence in is the trouble that surrounds us. Let’s be honest, we all have issues. We all face struggles. We all find ourselves in situations that are less than ideal…they’re horrible.
If we only acted by what we could see or perceive, we would likely just wander down a dead end street. But when we base what we know, believe, and do on what we can’t see, that’s when irrational confidence kicks in.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
7 Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Paul said, “You should see what I’m going through! But don’t worry, I’m not letting that effect me. I’m taking steps of faith based on what I can’t see! And that will lead to me what will last forever.”
You are facing something in your life right now. And your neighbors, friends, and family are telling you, “Act rationally!” They’re giving you advice that makes sense over here. On this end of eternity. They want you to use your logic to get yourself out of it.
But God is calling you to something beyond your own logic. Solomon, in the Proverbs, calls us to not lean on our own understanding. Instead, we lean on something we can’t see – God! And when we do, those around us will see it as completely irrational.
Are you going to care? Will you let what others think about your faith bother you? Or will you lean on the everlasting arms of God?
If you take option two, the irrational route of faith and confidence, you will find an answer to all your troubles, issues, and circumstances. It may not come automatic, but the effects will be eternal. That’s what I’m praying for you this week.