Saturday, November 9, 2019
Oh help my Unbelief!
They are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them. Isaiah 33:16
Christian, do you doubt that God will fulfill His promise? Will the mountain fortress be overwhelmed by storms? Will the storehouses of heaven fail? Do you think that your heavenly Father, though He knows that you need food and clothing, will somehow forget you? You know that a sparrow cannot fall to the ground apart from your Father’s knowledge, and that the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:29–30)—will you mistrust and doubt Him? Is it possible that your afflictions will continue until you dare to trust your God, at which point they may end? There are many who have been sorely tested and distressed until at last they were driven, in sheer desperation, to exercise faith in God. The moment of their faith was the instant of their deliverance—and they have learned whether God keeps His promises or not. Oh, I beg you, don’t doubt Him any longer! Don’t please Satan, and don’t trouble yourself by indulging any more of these disrespectful thoughts of God. Don’t think it is an insignificant thing to doubt Jehovah. Remember, it is a sin, and not a little sin—it is in the highest degree criminal. The angels never doubted Him, nor did the demons; we humans alone, out of all the beings that God has fashioned, dishonor Him by unbelief and tarnish His honor by mistrust. Shame on us! Our God does not deserve to be degraded by our suspicion; throughout our lives, we have proven Him to be true and faithful to His Word. With as many instances of His love and kindness as we have received (and continue to receive daily), it is base and inexcusable that we allow doubt to linger in our hearts. From this point on, may we wage constant war against our doubting of God—it is an enemy to our peace and to His honor. May we, with an unhesitating faith, believe that what He has promised He will also perform. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NKJV). - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening for November 9.
Please reread that devotional. Then read it again. Why are we the only beings to allow doubt of God's abilities to enter into our thinking?
It's a sad thing to see when God blesses yet those being blessed are not at all joyful! As the story goes that I was told, even Martin Luther fell victim to this. It was profoundly impactful to his wife. She put on a black dress and veil. Was sitting that way with him when he was in his dark mood. It finally got to him so he asked who died. She responded that obviously God did. He was furious. How could she say or do such a thing. She came back with then why is he living like it had happened?
We of all people should be the most joyful yet we are not. Could it be we aren't happy with what God's doing in our lives? Not happy with how He answers your prayers?
Again, does the clay have a voice to ask the potter why have you done this to me?
If, as Scripture says, the very hairs of our head is numbered, if indeed God knows if a sparrow falls to the ground. If this is indeed true, why do believers go around in life like God gave up on them? He thought so much of you that He died for you.
I used to sulk a lot. Used to wallow in self pity. Used to go around envious of other believers. Envious of their walk with God. Envious of their blessings. Where was God for me? Used to loathe so much of life. The problem wasn't with God. The problem was with me. I was ungrateful. I was unthankful. I only saw the negative in everything because that was all my negativity let me see.
Where are you tonight? Where are your thoughts taking you? Are you feeling distant from God? I would ask you who moved, but the answer is always us. Jesus doesn't leave us nor forsake us.
Hurting? Thank God it's Him that is with you in it.
Depressed? Thank God He hasn't left you alone.
Angry at God? Get over it. You need air to breathe. He doesn't.
Pick a reason. None are worth it to put a barrier up between you and YOUR Savior.
Everything is an excuse, not a reason.
So look in the mirror. Face the facts, face the truth. Let go of what you are clinging to. Raise your arms and ask for your Savior to pick you up and carry you.
He gave you a measure of faith when you came to Him to be saved. Use it.