Only One Reason to Believe
by Matt Barclay
I was only five or six years old when I first saw the movie The Boy Who Could Fly on the Disney Channel. It’s the tale of Eric—a teenage boy who hasn’t spoken a word since his parents died in a plane crash when he was five—who also believes he can fly. Social workers and adults are constantly trying to talk sense into him and keep him from endangering himself. But the message of the movie is that if you believed anything sincerely enough, you can make it happen. You can make it true. If Eric believes with all his heart that he can fly, he can. And he does.
Little Matt Barclay received this message loud and clear, and I began to jump off the curb outside my home in an attempt to fly. With each unsuccessful attempt, I reasoned that the height of my jumps didn’t really test my commitment. So I just needed to go higher: the canopy on my sister’s high-set bed.
I swallowed the butterflies in my stomach and jumped off my sister’s bed in full-horizontal Superman pose: arms outstretched, feet back. All I got for my trouble was a painful belly flop on the floor. I just need to start higher, I reasoned.
Then the Barclays took a family RV trip to the Grand Canyon . . .
Elijah and Truth
If I have a “life verse” it’s 1 Kings 18:21. Elijah is about to face off against the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 of Asherah. Evil King Ahab has destroyed the altars of the Lord and replaced God with Baal and Asherah in Israel. God judged the people through drought for three years before Elijah called for this showdown. Now, gathering the people around him, he declares, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!”
The remarkable thing about this verse, is what it illustrates about the nature of the God we serve. He doesn’t ask us to simply close our eyes and take everything on faith. Rather, He instructs us to simply follow truth. Don’t follow God out of a sense of loyalty to the past or parents or anything else: Follow God because he is God…
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