Today a good friend’s daughter, she was a very young 39, died. It was hard to give up my dad and he had lived a long life of 95 years, so I cannot even imagine the pain that family is in right now, please help me pray for them. Hearing the news brought to mind something I said a while back, it was “the bigger your faith grows, the smaller your giants look!”
There are things in our life that need to be tackled and thrown to the ground, but from a natural standpoint, it seems impossible! I remember hiding my eyes under my covers one night, when I was a little girl, because there was a huge man in my room! He was as tall as the ceiling and I was so afraid! Mother came in to make sure I was covered and turned on the light; the “man” was my dad’s coat, which was on a big wooden hanger, hanging on my door! It was a simple thing, but to a little girl, it was a scary monster!
The shepherd David had protected his flock of sheep from invading bears and lions! The practice he got by fighting and defeating them gave him the courage he needed to fight the giant. Fear is Faith perverted, it makes the smallest problems seem impossible, but when you can give it to God, He is able to “bring it down to size”!
Hebrews 11:1-3 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.
To have perfect faith, you have to become like a child in that a child believes everything you tell him! If you hide your face behind your hand, then pop out and say BOO, he is surprised, he really thought you were gone! You tell him there is a Santa and he will defend that jolly old Saint to all his non-believing friends. We have to believe God with the same childlike tenacity! Verses 5-6 of Hebrews 11 says By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
Job retained his faith in God when was tried! He suffered the loss of his family and his properties, plus he was covered with boils! He sat on a dung heap and scraped them with a broken piece of pottery, just trying to feel better. He went from bad to worse and then his wife capped it all off by asking him why he didn’t just “curse God and die”! Job was faithful in the face of losing everything and then endured all his well-meaning friends, commonly referred to as “Job’s comforters”, telling him that he must have lived in sin or displeased God in some way or this would not be happening to him. It wasn’t until Job, feeling lower than a snake’s belly, actually prayed for those “friends”, that is when God put a halt to all that Satan had put on him. From that point his fortune began to rebuild, he had more children, he regained his properties, he had it all and on top of that, seven times more!
Satan had thrown it up to God that He had protected Job, and said “Does Job serve God for nothing? You have put a hedge around him!” That is when God gave Satan permission to try Job in whatever way he wanted, except he could not take his life.
I am sure there was times that Job, and perhaps YOU, have wished you could just die to get out of all your troubles. Climb up on God’s lap and look down at your giants; they look smaller, don’t they?
Be blessed, Merry Christmas!