It is easy to look. It is difficult to see. I am sure you have had the experience that someone says: look! and you have to say: where, what? To see what needs to be seen is the not always simple and obvious. We need a looking glass, a special instrument or someone to point it out, to look and truly see.
On a deeper level, we need insight and understanding to discern the true nature of things. We need to see the invisible. How often do we jump to conclusions when we know one side of the story? Another witness or the other person involved in a situation could give us a new perspective that could completely change our judgment. We need to think about it every time we read or hear the news. One side could be a lie. To add the other side could bring truth and understanding.
We do not always understand what God is doing in our lives. To us it might feel that circumstances rule, when they are working in our favour, seen from a different perspective. There are so many scriptures to support our unqualified obedience to God and his Word. He is our loving Father and we can trust him fully. Hear, Pebble pals, as I write, my verse of the day from Bible Gateway slides in. Here is the heart of our blind trust in God always and in all things.
For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (Psalms 33:4,5)
We need discernment – a gift of the Holy Spirit. Our looking glass is the Word. In our secret place with our Dad, in prayer and study, our deepest fear and panic is answered with the overwhelming goodwill of God and his promises to act supernaturally on our behalf. He can do anything you know.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27)
It is in that secret place (any place where you invite the presence of God in prayer) that the ink on the page comes alive and is “spoken” into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of peace and release from fear. It is the rhema word that changes us from the inside out. It should be written down and memorized to become part of us. In Bible language – eat the Word. Eat and digest, take some time to chew and let it be in your mouth as honey, so sweet.
He told me, “Son of man, eat what you see. Eat this book. Then go and speak to the family of Israel.”
As I opened my mouth, he gave me the scroll to eat, saying, “Son of man, eat this book that I am giving you. Make a full meal of it!”
So I ate it. It tasted so good—just like honey. (Ezekiel 3:1-3, The Message)
Eat it, because of the devil can, he will steal it away immediately and rob you of the peace and joy the Word of God bring. All circumstances become misty and small in the light of the living words of God. Give attention to his Word.
Fear angered Jesus.
I have already written how I experienced the Holy Spirit as a disciplinarian. My fear as a serious distrust in God and his intentions to keep me safe, was underlined by a random verse in the New Living Translation that I casually picked up and opened. [Pebbles 147]
Let us consider the words of Jesus.
And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus). (Matthew 13:58)
And He marvelled because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in Him). And He went about among the surrounding villages and continued teaching. (Mark 6:6)
Jesus was shocked by their unbelief. He knew what He could do if invited and welcomed. It is exactly as true today.
Afterward He appeared to the eleven apostles themselves as they reclined at table; and He reproved and reproached them for their unbelief (their lack of faith) and their hardness of heart, because they had refused to believe those who had seen Him andlooked at Him attentively after He had risen. (Mark 16:14)
Jesus speaks strong words to his disciples. There is nothing else that could exert such strong correction from him.
Then He said to Thomas, Reach out your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place it in My side. Do not be faithless and incredulous, but stop your unbelief and believe! (John20:27)
How big is your storm today?
Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass. (Matthew 8:26, The Message)
It is the contrast between an insult and a compliment.
Taken aback, Jesus addressed the accompanying crowd: “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.(Luke 7:9)
My heart cries out to live the faith that Jesus will praise. It will be my ultimate worship. I want to be strong and believe in the gust of the storm, when I am tossed and scared. Please Lord, help my unbelief.
Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”
No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”(Mark 9:23,24)
What is the answer and solution to fear, doubt and unbelief?
Surrender in prayer – not a greater effort in thought or deed.
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the Word so that it lives in you. His words are spirit and life.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)