I had a wonderful weekend in Philly with my step daughter, son-in-law and 2 year old granddaughter! But even in the midst of the hugs, playtime and non-stop chatter – the Lord was working in my heart through my morning devotionals.
Yesterday morning, as we waited for our flight out of Philly, I was going back over the last few days of Blackaby’s devotional readings in “Experiencing God Day By Day”. Sometimes it takes me a few days of pondering and meditating to have it really begin to sink in!?!
The thought that kept catching my attention was about how God may have recently demonstrated his power over our circumstances, yet when the next storm comes…we find ourselves falling right back into panic. Blackaby says, we need to learn to look to God – remember He can handle our storms – and, through it, allow him to draw us closer and reveal more of himself to us.
The final question he posed was this…“Have you become fearful instead of faithful?
As I thought and prayed about this question, God brought to mind Proverb 1:7 that says, “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom”.
Everything I have been taught says the kind of fear God is talking about here is reverence, awe and respect. It is not about being scared to death.
But I wonder???
If we see that bad things can and do happen to the faithful believer…do we sometimes loose our faith and resort to fear? Do we find ourselves really being scared of what is to come?
Do we trust that God is good...but wonder what bad things he may allow in our lives?
Do we trust that he will use all things for good…but hate the thought of the trials He might allow as He refines, builds and teaches us?
I guess this is where having “faith in spite of our circumstances” really gets a test.
I guess this is where we have to walk in relationship with the Lord…walking not by sight…but by faith and faith alone.
I was struck this Easter by a thought that might apply here?
The death and resurrection of Jesus is proof that God is who He says he is, and that He will do what he says he will do!!! He came…He told us what was going to happen…and it did….just the way he said it would.
So…Is God worthy of our faith? Can He be trusted? Are His promises really for me?
I say absolutely YES!
Not that it is easy…not that it comes without tears and questions…but experience has taught me that God is my rock. He has shown me that I can stand on his truth even when the rest of the world seems to be crumbling around me.
My job is to remember what He has done and trust that He will do it again. His timing…His way.
How about you???
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