Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Faith is seeing but needing to see is not faith.

God has said in His Word that He desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. And that faith comes by hearing the word so someone must be sent to speak the word. 

This is especially true for those who have no Bible in their language. Sometimes it appears overwhelming to us as we look at the road ahead and think of what the Lord must do if we are to be a part of taking the Gospel to those who have never had an opportunity to here of His salvation. The work of the spreading the gospel is God's work, but it is His work through the agency of His people and His word.  
Our part is to move forward in steps of faith. I was encouraged by the Lord with this devotional reading today. I thought I would share it with you praying that it may encourage you also. 

December 7
"You will not see wind, neither will you see rain, yet that valley shall be filled with water, that you may drink, both you, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: He will deliver the Moabites also into your hand." (2 Kings 3:16-17). 

To human thinking it was simply impossible, but nothing is hard for God. 

Without a sound or sign, from sources invisible and apparently impossible, the floods came stealing in all night long; and when the morning dawned, those ditches were flooded with the crystal waters, and reflecting the rays of the morning sun from the red hills of Edom. 

Our unbelief is always wanting some outward sign. The religion of many is largely sensational, and they are not satisfied of its genuineness without manifestations, etc.; but the greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God. 

The great victory of faith is to stand before some impassable Red Sea, and hear the Master say, "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord," and "Go forward!" As we step out without any sign or sound -- not a wave-splash -- and wetting our very feet as we take the first step into the waters, still marching on we shall see the sea divide and the pathway open through the very midst of the waters. 

If we have seen the miraculous workings of God in some marvelous case of healing or some extraordinary providential deliverance, I am sure the thing that has impressed us most has been the quietness with which it was all done, the absence of everything spectacular and sensational, and the utter sense of nothingness which came to us as we stood in the presence of this mighty God and felt how easy it was for Him to do it all without the faintest effort on His part or the slightest help on ours. 

It is not the part of faith to question, but to obey. The ditches were made, and the water came pouring in from some supernatural source. What a lesson for our faith! 

Are you craving a spiritual blessing? Open the trenches, and God will fill them. And this, too, in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways. 

Oh, for that faith that can act by faith and not by sight, and expect God to work although we see no wind or rain.
 --- A. B. Simpson 
From Streams in the Desert by LB Colman

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