Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. Hebrews 11:1
When was the last time you heard news that seemed too outrageous to be true? Perhaps someone you knew to be mean was softened by the Spirit of God. Or, someone you knew to be sick was now well. Perhaps someone you knew as an atheist was now an ardent believer. With such a report, you probably said ~ “I’ll believe it when I see it!” But God says that we should believe that anything is possible because He is God and there is none other. In theory, we know this is true until it gets personal. Then, unbelief plagues us all. The tangible begs to disprove the intangible. Experience begs to nullify kingdom outcomes.
Humans can’t walk on the surface of the sea, yet Jesus did and Peter joined Him. The sea can’t be held back to provide a dry pathway to the other side, yet the Israelites walked on it. A dead man can’t walk out of a tomb nor can a leper dip seven times into a dirty river and come out disease free, yet Lazarus was set free from his grave clothes and Naaman saw his own flesh transformed. Faith in God, the God who performs the impossible, is not easily cultivated.
When God told Moses that he was chosen to lead his people out of Egypt, how utterly impossible it seemed. He knew the Pharaoh, personally, and had also known his father. They were ‘family’ before his exile. Their firm iron grip over the Israelites was historic, spanning centuries. Slavery facilitated the prosperity of Egypt so it was improbable, and utterly unthinkable, that a ruler of this great land would free God’s people and let them leave. As God spoke at the burning bush and called Moses into service, heaven and earth collided in his mind. Understandable human objections rose to the surface but the miracle of faith triumphed. Moses went, Moses obeyed, and Moses persevered through the many stages of Pharaoh’s obstinance. Could Moses see the coming pilgrimage of the Israelites with the eyes of his spirit? As God paved his road of obedience with miracle after miracle, I have to believe that he did.
Where has unbelief eaten away my faith? Where have I closed the eyes of my spirit? What have I accepted as normal and natural that God wants to transform into abnormal and supernatural?
You don’t have to show me. I know what it is. Forgive my unbelief. Amen