Saturday, November 21, 2015

Circumstances or God?

Does your faith 

depend on 

your circumstances, 


does your faith 

depend on God?

Psalm 106 gives us a front row seat into the wavering faith of Israel.  The Red Sea was a long way from the point at which God had already promised to free the Israelites from their oppression and give them a land of their own.

He saved them from the hand of the foe, from the hand of the enemy He redeemed them.   The waters covered their adversaries;  not one of them survived.  Then they believed His promises and sang His praise. 
Psalm 106:10-12 (NIV)

Did you catch that last sentence?  

Then they believed....They did not believe until they saw God working in their lives.

Are we like the the children of Israel?

  • Are we allowing our circumstances to dictate our trust and faith in God?
  • Do we truly believe that God has our best interest at heart?  If we do, are we willing to persevere in faith, believing God's promises in advance, and leaning not on our own worldly desires and confidence?

4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.

- 2 Peter 1:4 (AMP)

God is asking us to fully surrender our lives and the outcome of our days to Him.  There is that word surrender.  What does surrender look like? How is surrender lived out in my daily life?

Am I willing to make this commitment to God: 

"Lord, I give you all that I am, and all that I possess.  Take control of my  possessions, my dreams, my hopes, and my desires.  Remove anything that  offends You, or conflicts with Your plans for my life."

Partial surrender will always interfere with God's plans for our lives. 

The question we must ask ourselves is this, "do I trust God to give me His best, even when I can't see what that is?"

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