For the last few weeks I’ve been reading Just Courage by Gary Haugen. Haugen, the founder of International Justice Mission, is writing to challenge Christians to remember God’s priority of fighting for Justice. He asserts our failure to live up to this clear teaching of Scripture goes as far back as Adam and Eve – we don’t believe God is who He claims to be – One who both sends and empowers.
We may say we believe but we rationalize away our ability to accomplish it. This is where Willard’s quote becomes soooooo to the point. Belief results in action.
Deborah had a handle on the concept! She heard God’s words to her and she acted on them…taking a number of God’s people with her – some in spite of their hesitation.
If Deborah had been reading Just Courage she might have affirmed Haugen’s message because she herself experienced it to be true.
“Follow me beyond what you can control, beyond where your own strength and competencies can take you, and beyond what is affirmed or risked by the crowd—and you will experience me and my power and my wisdom and my love.” – God to Gary Haugen