What has God told you recently, and do you believe Him? Every time a Christian steps out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common sense circumstances that outright contradicts your faith. Can you trust God when your common sense cannot or will not trust Him? “Oh, yes I believe God can do it, But!” Anytime your mind develops a line of thinking that rationalizes your belief in God and what He says to you, it will at the same time develop a line of thinking that contradicts it. Whatever your faith is up against today, the same test will either prove your faith is right or poison the well.
“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). When you hear these words, what line do your thoughts take? Does your mind turn to what Jesus says or to what you fear? Human frailty is a common thing that gets between what Jesus say and what common sense has to say. When we realize how frail we are in facing life’s difficulties we allow the difficulties to become like giants, and we become like blades of grass, and God becomes non-existent. When we face the giants in our lives, we can take heart from the Lord‘s words to Joshua: “You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you” (Deuteronomy 3:22). Our giants are not flesh and blood, they are spiritual and emotional. But the Lord must still defeat them. Believe!
Your past is a picture of the future. When trying to determine what will be, it is important to remember what has been. “Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two [past] kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass” (Deuteronomy 3:21). All too often it is not difficulty or frailty that makes you think God has forsaken you, but boredom. There are no hills to climb, no vision to fulfill, nothing awe-inspiring, just the commonplace day in and day out of everyday life and we soon forget. How often we wait for God to do something exceptional to awaken our faith in Him?
“Said I not unto thee, that if thou would believe, thou shall see the glory of God” (John 11:40). We must believe that God is preparing us for some extraordinary thing by and by, but as we go on in grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, in the present minute. When we believe God and have His word behind us, the most amazing thing happens, He comes and He changes us. We learn to sing His praise in the ordinary days and ways just as we sing them after He performs in the extraordinary things and ways. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Be blessed and believe God.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ