What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done? Like seriously the dumbest thing!? It’s hard to imagine what that might be, the dumbest thing, but there it is still glaring you in the face, reminding you of just how dumb you can be.
For me, I think it was a car we purchased. We needed to change vehicles and we had looked online at some options and decided we are going to head out of town for the weekend and see what we could find. We dove to check out this car about 3 hours away and, upon looking at it, realized it was a bad lemon. It had been through water and was seriously corroded. It had rust throughout the inside of the car! Never seen that before.
We got a hotel that night and searched and searched online looking for a vehicle in and around this same area.
Having found a few options, we spent the better part of the next day looking and enjoying some good family moments together.
At the end of the day, we looked and, instinctively, bought a car that we both agreed on. Traded in our jalopy and set off toward the sunset in our new (to us) SUV. Oh it was amazing.
The check engine light illuminating an hour after we left?!
Over the next two years of us owning that car, the one I felt was the one that characterized our arrival, became the thorniest thorn in my side.
I literally grew to hate that car.
There were countless things that when wrong with that thing over the time we owned it.
I look back on that decision and realize…it was dumb. It was a mistake. It was something I was calling faith, but was actually just stupid.
Don’t you hate it when the dumb you did has zeros following it? Oh man, those are the worst!
I want to be characterized as a man of faith. I want to be faithful with my family, with my finances, with my friends, and with my faith. I just wonder how many of those places am I wonder how many of those places or areas am I actually faithful or faith-filled and not just stupid?
I see the confusion on your face.
Let me flesh this out another way.
Do you know there are principles in the bible that are never supposed to be tested?
And yet, in our stupidity, we test and try to see if we might be the exception to that rule.
Money is the easiest one to consider.
When Solomon said that the borrower is slave to the lender, there is never an exception to that rule. So stepping out “by faith” to take on debt to do something is more stupid than faith filled. That’s not stepping out by faith, that’s stepping out by stupid.
There’s another Proverb that quickly comes to mind about this:
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.Proverbs 6:6-11 NLT
It seems to me that the most faith-filled action we can take is hard work. Are you seeing that same sense?
You see, I believe in our culture today, we see a lot of people that are stupid and calling it faith. You see faith is filled with action. I’m going to work hard at what I do, believing in faith that God is going to grow and blessing and bring about a harvest that is beyond my expectations.
What are you doing right now, what are you allowing that you’re calling faith, but is actually just stupid?
Paul wrote in Romans 14:23- “whatever is not from faith is sin”. (NKJV).
Man, that’s a tall order. Whatever is not done in faith, is sin. That opens up a whole other level of heart introspection about the things I am choosing in my life. I hope, you, like me, are encouraged to take a few minutes and investigate the things we are choosing and be able to identify what is filled with faith and what is just dumb.
So back to my car scenario. What do you do differently? Well, I would take that lead. I should have stopped everything and not moved any where and with anything until I had a clear understanding and direction from the Lord. To me, that’s faith-filled.
Seriously though, do I believe that you should bring every decision like that before God?
Well, actually, yes I do.
Do you know how much of our stupid we could avoid if we just annoyed God with our questions of decision?
I believe the Lord seriously wants to have a hand in every decision of our lives, so why not just allow him that privilege!?
Before you act, before you decide another thing, make a faith-filled act to entrust the decision to the Lord then watch him amaze you with a faithful outcome.