Do we really believe that God will sustain us? Is our total trust in Him? I really wonder where my heart is sometimes.
I hear statements like, “I know we are to have faith, but it’s so hard!” Or, “It was different in Noah’s day for him to have faith because God told him what to do.” I’ve even heard people say, “If I could have lived in Jesus’ time, I would have believed.” Really now, would you have?
We want to think that we would have believed, but I can prove to you that it’s just possible to see all those things and still not believe. (Matthew 28:16-17 NIV) “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” What??? “Some doubted???” What were they thinking? How many resurrections had they seen? Just how many times did this ascension thing happen in Jerusalem? What would it take to erase their doubt?
I believe trhat it is only by the power of God that we are all sustained! Every breath we take, every move we make, God is directing you! (Proverbs 20:24 NLT) “How can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps.” We can’t step one foot on the floor out of bed, but that the Lord is directing those steps. Since that is the case, why don’t we live in such a way that we magnify Him? Why don’t we just step and expect Him to make the path? I challenge all of us to hear the word from God and watch the path He makes for our lives.
I read the following prayer from an article on fasting by Steven Lemmons. It is very powerful and one that I need in my life!! Listen with your heart.
“Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! When you came down long ago, you did awesome things beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked! For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! You welcome those who cheerfully do good, who follow godly ways.”
“But we are not godly. We are constant sinners, so your anger is heavy on us. How can people like us be saved? We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away. Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.”
“And yet, LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand. Oh, don’t be so angry with us, LORD. Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.”