2017 – Day 3 – Survival Vs Discovery

Proverbs 25:2 – It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.

It was Mark Twain who said “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

As we get ready for SYC here’s a truth I want you to understand – YOU WERE BORN FOR DISCOVERY.

There is a huge difference between a life of discovery and a life of survival. Both survival and discovery can lead us into dangerous or scary situations, but it’s our posture that is totally different with each.

A survivor in a storm might be found cowering under a crate in the stern of the ship, hiding from the wind and rain, whimpering “I can’t take any more, save me!” but the discoverer is stood on the bow of the ship screaming into the same wind and rain, shouting “Is that all you’ve got? Come on then!”

The verse above from Proverbs teaches us that God has concealed things for us to discover and that it’s our privilege to do so. Like a father hiding from his children in a game of ‘hide-and-seek’, God wants to be found – that’s the point! He’s not hiding FROM you but FOR you. Part of your discipleship is the treasure hunt of discovery. But the “survival of the fittest”, “scrape though if you’re lucky” routine that the Christian faith can become is a million miles away from that.

The problem we have is that “life happens”. Things don’t work out, we are let down and disappointed, we get hurt and rejected. Our survival instinct kicks in and we adopt a whole new position in life. People end up saying things like “I am a born survivor”, but that’s not true. You became a survivor because of what life has thrown at you – but you were born to discover.

Make sure you come to SYC this year ready to discover all that He has for you rather than just locked in survival mode with no room for vision or increase and potentially missing what he has for you. Let’s go on this treasure hunt together.

Paul Reid