The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise . . . for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins. (2 Kefa/Peter 3:9)
“Where is Your Faith?”
As I am writing this week’s Devotion, people in France are once again recovering from another man-made crisis – the senseless killing of one police officer and the wounding of two others. All around the world crisis after crisis, natural occurrences and human-manufactured, are testing believers’ faith. We read of this in Luke 8:22-25. In this passage, Adonai Yeshua and His disciples are sailing across Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee, with the Lord Jesus asleep. As a storm brews up and threatens to overwhelm the boat and crew, the disciples panic. They awaken Adonai Yeshua, imploring Him to save them from disaster. Calming the storm and settling the winds, He admonishes them with – “Where is your faith?”
As we wait for our Messiah’s return, we are witness to prophesy unfolding; naturally, observing the natural incidents of increased storm activity and ferocity and the increase in assaults by militant terrorist groups, such as ISIS, our levels of anxiety also increase. But is this necessary?
Scripture tells us, as we approach His return, believers will become more afraid and anxious, resulting in many turning from their faith because of the testing put upon them. We read of this in the Parable of the Sower – Some fell in the midst of thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. (Luke 8:7) Contrary to general opinion, this Parable is not about new believers but focuses on those who have been saved, some for many years, and are now facing tribulation (thorns) which threaten to choke the faith within.
We know Yahweh has granted us trials and tribulations to strengthen and deepen our faith; how else are we to be able to withstand the onslaught of the enemy, without His strength, resilience and courage? But, how ought we to approach these trials? Do we complain and whine, as the Israelites did in the wilderness, as they fled Egypt? Do we panic, as Kefa (Peter) did, when he walked on water towards Adonai Yeshua? Will we allow fear to overwhelm us or will we turn to Him? Do we address these questions now or during the next crisis we face? Isaiah, in his 41st Chapter, calms us with these words: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand. Probably, many of us will not ask Yahweh to give us deeper faith (for deeper faith only comes from Him) now but will wait until our current faith is tested; then when we are faced with life-threats will we make our choice – react or respond. Beloved, I urge all of us to focus on the one who clearly promised safety, security and protection, if we but seek His Love and Grace. Only in a loving relationship with the Ruler of the universe and the Lover of our souls, will we have the assurance of His security, His protection. If you do not as yet have this relationship and feel pulled towards it, please place this request before our Beloved God:
Dear Abba, our Beloved Father, I no longer want to live my life in fear and dread. I no longer want to wonder what will happen to me, when I face the inevitable crises which will over-take me, when faced with natural disaster, personal injury or life-threatening illness or terrorist threat. I want to be sheltered by Your Love; I want to be protected by Your Grace; I want to be secure in the knowledge You are my Redeemer, my Guardian, My Saviour. Please forgive me for my sins, my transgressions against Your Word and accept me into Your Family. In the Blessed Name of Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, I pray.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you richly.