“Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried unto the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:2).
When you are in trouble, do you immediately fear that you have done something wrong and now God is punishing you? Don’t think that way. Trouble is always multi-faceted and is frequently unrelated to something you just did. Sometimes we do what is right but not popular and we can end up in troubled waters. Obedience does not guarantee we will escape the storms of opposition.
Think about all that the Disciples of Christ saw:
- He fed thousands with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread
- He calmed the storm
- He healed the sick
- He gave sight to the blind
- He gave life to the dead
Shouldn’t their faith have been incredibly strong? Each funeral turned into a resurrection service when Christ was with them! But like us, fear showed up and the disciples forgot all they had seen and experienced.
Fear does not mean that we have failed; it is a gentle reminder to “giants” of faith that we are still human. But when we let fear take root, we forget who is REALLY in charge and who REALLY has the final say! The biggest lie the devil shouts to us in the middle of the storm is: “Where is your God now? I told you He would abandon you!” Unfortunately, we believe that lie too often.
The disciples learned – and so shall we – that God may be out of sight, but He is never out of touch. The Christian walk does not always give us visible clues; we have to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit and pick up on the spiritual clues He lays out for us.
Remember always: If we can’t touch His hand, we can always trust His heart!