A Blank Check

How many of you would like to receive a blank check, and to have the person who gives it to you tell you to write whatever amount you need in the box? How many of you would be willing to write a blank check and give it to someone? Let’s be honest, we like to receive more than we like to give in some instances. I can’t help but wonder if we don’t treat our relationship with God much the same way. We would love for God to give us that proverbial blank check. Whatever we needed, we could have it. In fact, I believe that is how many people treat God. They treat Him more like a genie in a bottle than the sovereign God of the universe. We would love for God to give us that blank check, but how many of us are truly willing to write a blank check to God? I wonder how much we miss out on being used by God, because we don’t want to write Him a blank check. Peter could have missed out on God using him if he didn’t trust God. Peter had a vision that didn’t make sense in Acts 10. Acts 10:19-20 says, “While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.'”

Let’s be honest, that isn’t much information to go on is it? Imagine you are Peter. You have just seen a strange vision of a bedsheet lowered with various types of animals on it, including some that you as a Jewish person are forbidden to eat. But then God tells you to go ahead and eat it. This doesn’t happen just once, but three times. Then, all of the sudden here are three strangers looking for you and wanting you to go back with them. I think there was good reason for the Spirit to tell Peter to go with them men and don’t doubt or question why. I’m not Peter, and I have a few questions. Let me switch metaphors for a moment. I’m a puzzle guy, I love working puzzles. However, like most people, I work a puzzle from the outside in. I start with the border, because I know once I have it filled in, then every other piece goes on the inside. However, in my walk with God, I have to be honest about something; God seldom gives an edge piece of His plan. He seems to like to plop down a center piece, that at the time doesn’t appear connected to anything else around it. This is where the blank check comes in. When you write a blank check, you are trusting the person you are giving it to, to write in the correct amount. The question is, do we trust God? The reality is, God seldom gives us that edge piece of His plan. However, He does give us enough of the puzzle for us to respond in faith to Him. All He told Peter was to get up and eat, and go with these men who came looking for him. Truthfully, Peter didn’t need any other information, and neither do we. God gives us what we need to know in order to obey Him. Therefore, the question isn’t, what’s next? The question is, will I trust God enough to obey Him with what He has revealed to me? These are the times in life, that I have to remember, if I can’t see or understand the hand of God in a situation, I just have to trust the person of God in this situation. God is good, loving, gracious, and merciful. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He knows the end from the beginning Isaiah 46:10 says. He has a plan, and His plan is for His glory and my good. Therefore, I already have enough to trust Him and to obey Him. The question is, will I trust Him and obey Him? That is a question that you have to answer for yourself. What is keeping you from giving that proverbial blank check to God? What are you trying to hold back? This is a call for all of us to turn loose and give all of ourselves to God, knowing who He is, and trusting what He has planned for us. It begins with surrendering you heart and your life to Him. Then it continues with surrendering your plans and your desires to Him. Trusting that wherever He leads you, it is for His glory and your good. Here’s the final question, do you trust Him enough to do this?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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