May 10, 2018

When we hear a phrase like, “cooking is second nature to her”, what we mean is that it come naturally without any training and without giving it a second thought. My mother without much bother at all can make a ten course meal out of a hot dog, it is second nature to her.

Something else that is second nature to most everyone is some sort of faith. I will use myself as an example here. I get up in the morning and turn on the faucet to wash my face. I don’t give it a second thought I just know the water will come out. I turn on the burner of the stove not giving it a second thought as to whether or not it will heat. I sit down in the chair without a second thought as to whether it will hold me. I squeeze a tube of tooth paste. I press the button on the garage door, I turn the key in the ignition in the van, put it in reverse and back out. I use GPS to find my way around Minneapolis.  I order a pizza from Dominoes on line. I pay for things using my credit card. I put the gas nozzle in the van and pull the trigger. I believe you are not getting bored reading this.

The point is that faith is second nature to us in everyday life and I believe God wants it to be second nature to us to have faith in Him everyday no matter what. I believe the Psalmist had this second nature faith in our reading today.

Psalm 57:2–3 (NLT) — 2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. 3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. Interlude My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

The Psalmist cried and believed that God would send help from heaven. Vesper says, “Grandpa will you color with me?” Meaning, “I know you will Grandpa because I asked.” Faith in me is second nature to Vesper. God wants our faith in Him to be second nature. I believe that is one reason he went to great lengths to have the scriptures recorded for us so that we could see what he is capable of and have our faith in Him be second nature. Listen to his response to Moses when the people asked for meat to eat.

Numbers 11:21–23 (NLT) — 21 But Moses responded to the Lord, “There are 600,000 foot soldiers here with me, and yet you say, ‘I will give them meat for a whole month!’ 22 Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?” 23 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”


Jeremiah 32:27 (NLT) — 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?


Matthew 19:26 (NLT) — 26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Mark 9:23 (NLT) — 23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

Mark 11:22 (NLT) — 22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.

Luke 18:27 (NLT) — 27 He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

How do we get second nature faith? First by remembering that God does send help from heaven > isn’t that where Jesus came from? And secondly stay in the Word.

Romans 10:17 (NLT) — 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

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