For a week or so I battled something I seldom battle – actually, I can’t recall a time I battled it. I am talking about fear.
I know many people who deal with fear and anxiety. For some it is a constant battle. Not so for me. Many years ago, when I learned the power of peace, I cultivated an atmosphere of peace in my life. It is what I have in my home 99% of the time.
Therefore, when I began to battle fear it caught me off guard.
One morning I was talking to God about it. I had done all I knew to do, and I was looking for answers. His response to me was simple. He said, “you are battling this because of what you see with your natural eyes, get past what you see.”
I know this truth! I know we can’t look at what we see, we must stay focused on the word of God.
Romans 4:18 in the NLT says; Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said he would be the father of many nations.
The Bible says we are to hope when there is no reason to hope. Imagine for a moment what Abraham was seeing with his eyes. He was old, well beyond years to become a father. And his wife was so far beyond child-bearing age that she laughed about it. That is what he could see in the natural, yet he still hoped.
Why? For God has said. And that was reason enough.
We must believe what He is saying more than what we are seeing.
I heard a statement today that caught my attention. It was; facts are an enemy of the truth.
I believe this is accurate, at least in many situations.
With Abraham, the facts screamed he could not have a son. However, those facts had nothing to do with the truth of what God said.
With Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the facts were that the fiery furnace should have killed them immediately. But those facts could do nothing to stop the truth of their deliverance when the fourth man stepped into the furnace with them.
All throughout the Bible we see the truth of God overriding the facts God’s people faced. The facts have nothing to do with the truth. And the facts can’t stop the truth of God from being the final outcome. That is if we continue to stand firm on the truth.
Ephesians 6:14 says; Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.
The Passion Bible says it like this; Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph.
Abraham held on to the truth. Just as we should.
When Abraham had no reason, absolutely nothing he could see, to hope, He still believed. Why? Because God had said. And that was enough for him. Is it enough for you?
We must look past what we can see with our eyes and anchor our faith on the truth of God’s word. The truth of what He has said. Then we will see the facts bow their knee to the truth.
Meditate on this:
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17