There is a fine line between faith and foolishness.
When I was a kid, I never had a good luck charm, but I always wanted one. I was a little envious of the kid who pulled a rabbit’s foot out of his pocket on test day. I mean, that is just plain, old, cool-beans.
I wanted to carry hope around in my pocket.
Not that I thought the rabbit was lucky; I mean, the rabbit did not make it after all. Even my eight year-0ld self knew that.
Sometimes I thought I could get a pair of lucky socks or a magical pencil that only picked the correct answer on multiple choice questions, because choosing “c” did not work as often as I had hoped; however, I would soon break my pencil or tear a hole in my “lucky” socks and it was all over for me.
Any hope of luck would be lost.
Some days we carry God around in our pocket and treat Him like a rabbit’s foot. Then, we call it faith.
We live however we want, make decisions without ever consulting God or His Word, and we get tossed by every emotion we feel. If you are menopausal, that is a lot of emotions. Then we ask God to bless us, our decisions, and our lives. (At first I wrote “livers”, and while I am sure we all want a blessed liver, I really meant “lives”. For the record, of course.)
When things go wrong, we wonder what happened.
Why did God let me down?
How could I fail?
I was living by faith.
No, my friend. We were living with God in our pockets. We did not have faith, we had a good luck charm in the shape of a cross. We reduced the God of this universe to a Genie in a bottle. If we rub three times and make a wish, it will be granted.
That is crossing the line from faith to foolishness.
We cannot do whatever we want, whatever our emotions, circumstances, or good fortune drive us to do and then ask God to bless it.
Living by faith means asking God what He wants from us, what He wants us to do, and then it is trusting He will see us through as we act in obedience to His word.
Faith is seen in obedience. Faith is finding out what God wants of me and then doing it. It is doing my part and then trusting Him to do what He said He will do.
But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6
Can you think back and remember a time when you put God in your pocket, treated Him like a good-luck charm?