DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than… the Guinness Book of World Records

Have you ever wanted to win the Guinness Book of World Records?  I think it would be pretty cool.  Do you like hot dogs?  Well, if you can eat more than 6 hot dogs in 3 minutes, you could hold the world’s record in hot dog eating.  If you can run 1 mile backwards in less than 6 minutes 2.35 seconds or dance for longer than 123 hours and 15 minutes you could hang a world record’s holder award on your living room wall.  Of course you only get the certificate IF you can beat the record.
Personally, I think if Jesus was in the Guinness Book of World Records, He’d have more certificates than anybody- no  “if”, “ands” or “but’s”!  And I’m not just talking about the water walking and storm calming categories.  I’m talking about the records He breaks every day.  Who has saved the most marriages?  Jesus.  Who has brought the most kids home safely and given the most unemployed folks jobs?  Jesus.  Who has made the most scans clean and biopsies negative?  Do you see what I mean?  Is there any limit to what He can do?  No, and yet it’s easy when we pray to wonder “if” Jesus has the power to fulfill our heart’s deepest desire.  I know.  In my darkest time, I’ve prayed the silent or not so silent “if”.  But I’m not the only one.
One day, Mark 9 tells us a man brought his demon possessed son to Jesus to be healed.  The father approached Jesus saying “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”  Obviously, the father must have had some faith in Jesus’ ability to heal or he would not have sought Jesus out.  But did the father believe whole heartedly?  No.  When life gets dark, it’s hard to believe wholeheartedly.  When alcoholism or childlessness or cancer or bankruptcy or imprisonment storms into your life they can rise up so big it feels like nothing can penetrate them.  But listen my friends: Jesus is larger than all those struggles and more.
There is no question that Jesus has the power to overcome the darkness in our lives.  He holds every record in putting light into darkness and hope into despair.  Hear what Jesus said to the father of the demon possessed boy about his doubt: Jesus said “Everything is possible for him who believes.”  When you are praying in the darkness, believe that Jesus is more than able to grant you your heart’s desire but let your heart’s desire always include the will of God.
Take the “if’s” in your heart and give them to Jesus.  That’s what this father did.  When he realized Jesus knew he had doubt the father immediately exclaimed “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”   Jesus gives us everything we need.  Even the ability to believe.  Jesus can strengthen your heart, your WHOLE heart, so you may believe.  And believe me, there’s no ‘if’s” about that!

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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