Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Believe The Report Or Believe and Don't Be Afraid?

When I opened my Bible today my eyes fell on some words I had underlined, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Then I read the entire sentence. “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Who did Jesus ignore I wondered?
When I reread the passage I realized it was the story of Jesus walking with Jairus to his home because Jairus’s daughter was dying. Jairus had pleaded earnestly to Jesus, to please come to his home and lay hands on his daughter, so that she will be healed and live.
So Jesus, his disciples and Jairus are on their way to Jairus home. Jairus is bringing home the answer to his little girl’s illness. He knows if Jesus lays his hands on her, his little girl will be fine.
But, then they are interrupted.
A woman in the crowd had touched the hem of Jesus garment and received healing. Jesus stopped wanting to know who touched his garment. His disciples were like, we’re in a crowd anybody could have touched your garment. Still, Jesus stopped and took time to interact with the woman in an encouraging way.
I wonder? How did Jairus feel waiting for Jesus to stop talking to her so his little girl could get the help SHE needed. For a moment did it feel as though Jesus was attentive to Jairus?
Then WHILE Jesus was still speaking to this woman some men came from Jairus house and let Jairus know his daughter was dead.
I wonder if Jairus shoulders dropped a bit and if his knees went weak. Was he frustrated at the interruption that came from the woman? I mean he pleaded earnestly to Jesus because his daughter was dying. He knew if he got Jesus to his little girl she would be okay. Then this woman went and touched Jesus garment.
But then I wonder, if he even had time for all of that because, it said Jesus ignored what the men from Jairus house said and told him not to be afraid, just believe. Jesus was right back to Jairus side and continued walking to the house.
Jesus made everyone stay back except a selected few. When he entered Jairus house the people laughed at what Jesus said about the girl. He sent them out and then he held the little girls hands and told her to get up.
She did.
There are times in everyone’s life where we know God is there with us. He is working for us. We can feel His strength, His presence. And then…suddenly a big hole is under our feet. It seems there is no solid ground.
“Don’t be afraid, just believe.”
How on earth do you do that? How do you say okay, I’m going to believe in you Jesus because, you told me to, even though, right now at this very minute I just got news that took the air right out of me, I feel all alone and I just want to curl into a ball and…
And I will be honest, it is hard to not listen to the bad report, or believe the bad thing going on in front of my eyes sometimes, but…the truth is, Jesus promises to never leave or forsake us. He will be with us always. It’s those times that are the times, to choose to believe, all of Jesus promises for us.
The Bible says no weapon formed against us shall prosper. If God is for us, who can be against us?
As hard as it can be sometimes, in the darkest, loneliest moments of our life, there is a choice to, not be afraid, but to believe.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What Do They See?

Our woman's group at church has been studying the book of Revelations. Wow! Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming to read all of the things prophesied to happen in the future.

But in the midst of all of the seals and judgements, is a very knee bending reality.

God sits on the throne, and those in the throne room see before their eyes, someone who they worship continually.

Day and night the four living creatures never stop saying,
"Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Who Was and Is and is to come."

Whenever they say this, the twenty four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him. They lay down their crowns before the throne and then they say,

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."

I've really tried to grasp this whole concept of how awesome and mighty He is for them to continually bow before the throne and say those words.

Do I even have a smidgen of the reality of the God of all creation, the Savior of my soul?

This worship isn't just sometimes. It's all the time. Day and night.

It is so fascinating. What are their eyes seeing?

The Bible says while I am here on this earth, I walk by faith and not by sight. But it also says I can see Him through His creation.

I can get a glimpse of how majestic He is, when I drive through the mountain ranges or sit on the beach at the ocean shore or when gazing at all the stars in the night sky.

I can glimpse at how orderly and creative He is when the sun continues to rise every morning and paint a beautiful picture across the horizon. When the moon rises to it's place in the sky and brings light to the dark nights.

I can glimpse at how consistent He is when every year the trees drop their leaves during the fall season, and in spring they bloom once again.

I can glimpse of how He cares for even the birds of the air when they are able to figure out how to crack open a nut, make a nest, pull the worms out of the ground, or catch a bug.

In Alaska, brown bears return yearly, to a certain rocky area of a river, to catch salmon near the end of their run before the salmon spawn. The feast is enough for the bears to gain enough weight to do their yearly hibernation.

I can glimpse as how artistic and detail oriented He is when holding a newborn babe in my arms and then watch in amazement as the baby grows and develops.

I glimpse at how personal He is with His creation when He says, cast your cares upon me, be anxious for nothing.

I get a glimpse of His unending love and mercy whenever I hear or read the story of the gift He gave us through His Son Jesus. Whoever believes in Him will be saved.

Now on this earth, I see through a mirror dimly. If all this is a dim view, I can only begin to imagine the glorious majestic person who sits on the throne in Heaven.

In those glimpses it is easy to see why they worship and say, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.

(Scripture out of NIV)