As I sit at my desk early this morning, where I can normally see out all my windows for a distance, due to the heavy fog, the view is limited. Now I don’t sit and worry, fret and wring my hands for I know that this will lift and clear up. Would love to have the same kind of thinking with so-called challenges. Instead of fretting, just knowing in my heart that all is well and God is still in control and always will be!
It is for me seeing through the mist or even rising higher in consciousness and seeing the big picture. The faith I have here is exactly what I experience before going to sleep at night. The new day will soon be dawning. Mark 10:27 states “Jesus looked at them and said, With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.'”
This morning as I was thinking about obstacles, I was reminded of Matthew 17:20 which reads “And He said to them, ‘because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.'”
What that says to me is to keep my focus on God/Good and the mountain becomes a pebble. Never keep your focus on the obstacle! It is so much more than staying positive. It is total faith that God knows what He is doing and is working His purpose out and it blesses all! Today I will trust Him totally.
When Jesus healed the ten lepers, He told them to go show themselves to the priests! This was even before they were healed. This was certainly a call for faith to know they would be healed. As we pray, we have to begin with our spiritual perfection as a reflection of the one God and this knowledge and understanding brings about healing.
Psalm 5:2-3 states “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
John 21:6 reads “And He said to them ‘Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.’ So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.” This is asking us where is our confidence? Fear is faith in evil while courage is faith in God, Good. Are we planning on failing or are we knowing that our confidence comes from God and we can be expectant of Good.
When we pray, are we allowing God to work it out for us or we trying to outline humanly what we think is best? No matter what the scene, God is in charge and always knows what is best for us and what lessons we need to learn. Knowing this confidently, we can pray asking to see what God sees and courageously, take the steps that are revealed to us.
This morning I have been studying about Peter walking on the water. In Matthew 14: 28-32, it speaks of Jesus walking on the water and Peter asking to join Him. He was able to do this until he had doubts and the wind became boisterous, so he became fearful. This is just as applicable today as in Biblical times. It makes no difference how long Peter walked before he started sinking, the Christ was right there where he was. Today, it matters not how long we have been struggling with a relationship problem or a health issue, the Christ is right here to comfort, guide and heal. Matthew 14:31 states, “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” All we ever need to do is to mentally reach out to see the Truth and it will be revealed to us. Asking God for bread (understanding), we are never given a stone (confusion).
This morning as I work with faith, it becomes clear to me that I may not know how electricity works, but I use it. Nor I do not know how a car goes, but I drive one. Then, I recognize that God is Love and God is in everything that is Good. So Love must be, also. When I am joyful and loving, the food I prepare tastes even better than when I cook just out of need or duty! As I balance a checkbook, it becomes easier when my thought entertains no negativity.
Hebrews 11:3 takes on a new light for me as I read, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
A priceless pearl begins as being an irritant within the oyster. I love to think on this as I pray about something that can seem frustrating to me. As I release the burden and give it to God and have patience and faith that He is working it out, I relax in gratitude and humility. It never fails that the same irritant becomes a blessing within my life when I repent (change the way I was looking at it). If man gets involved in the formation of a pearl, it becomes cultured and not nearly so valuable as a natural pearl. Same with a challenge! When man outlines the outcome, it often can become chaotic and messy. Today I will give everything to God! Belief becomes understanding.
Luke 1:37 reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.” There is no exception.