Wild Goose Chase // Cage of Assumptions
[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
Some time later, the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith. (Genesis 15:1-6 NLT)
Abram assumed that because he didn’t have a son that he was going to miss out on God’s blessings and the legacy of a family. He didn’t even believe that God would make good on his promise in Genesis 12:2-3.
I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2, 3 NLT)
Even though God had spoken directly to Abram, his cage of assumption gave him doubt and impaired his faith.
Assumptions cage us, faith frees us.
- God has no ceiling or limitations.
“We tend to reduce God to the size of our biggest problem, our greatest fear, or our worst sin.” -Mark Batterson
In verse 5 above God took Abram outside. Why? God wanted Abram to see His creation, to see that God is BIGGER than any doubt, fear, or circumstance. And Abram’s faith was restored.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NLT)
“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?” -St. Augustine
- Faith is not logical or illogical, but theological.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
God is not bound by logic or reason. Think about what it would look like if your grandmother became pregnant. That’s basically what he was telling Abraham and Sarah. It was illogical and unreasonable but it was exactly what happened to Sarah.
Listen to what God is calling you to do. It may not make any sense.
- God will challenge your assumptions.
You may be saying:
- Too old
- Too young
- Never been done that way
- Someone else, but not me
We assume things to be true about ourselves that are NOT true. It may be rational but it’s not true. If God is calling us, He will see us through. God is able.
Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:11-14 NLT)
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 NLT)
GOD IS ABLE!!
Assumptions cage us, faith frees us.
- Stop assuming
- Start believing