Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Irreconcilable Differences—Fear vs. Faith

Reconcile the irreconcilable? Is it possible? Possible to release problems and experience God’s promises? Possible to increase faith and squash the fear that crouches nearby? The Word says all things are possible for those that believe (Mark 9:23).

The promises of God overpower problems when hearts believe His Word and minds focus on Him. But sometimes daily troubles overwhelm and fear replaces faith. “Why, Lord, why is this happening,” we cry out, failing to remember He’s still available, still present, still working, still caring, still loving, still with us, still.......

How quickly we forget God's promises and the reconciled becomes irreconcilable again. Problems intensify, fear increases, and faith grows faint. Why do we allow the things of this world to creep back into our hearts and split our thinking? Why is God’s Word so easily disregarded?

We rely too much on visual perception. Our sight nullifies the Truth of God’s promises and our minds feast on fear. Suddenly palms sweat, hearts race, breathing increases, and tears flow. Our condition spirals out-of-control and the people around us struggle to soothe our torment. All the while God is nearby saying, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). 

Read the following excerpt (Genesis 21:15-19) of Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness after Sarah sent them away from the camp of Abraham. The boy is dying of thirst and all Hagar can think to do is sit down and cry because of worry and fear. Sound familiar?

When the water in the skin was used up, she left the boy under one of the bushes.Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, “Do not let me see the boy die.” And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept. God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink. (NASB)

Did you catch the question asked of Hagar? The angel said, “What is the matter with you, Hagar?” Has anyone entered your wilderness situation and asked, “What’s the matter with you, insert your name?” 

Go a step further and suppose you might also be asked, “How are you helping your child? You appear incapable of guardianship.” Ouch—the truth hurts! But God says His Truth works—remember all things are possible for the believer. So our solution should be to untangle ourselves from the fear and push it aside. Begin to concentrate on His Word, call on the Lord in prayer, and trust Him to fulfill His promise. He is faithful!

As the resurrected Jesus prepared to leave earth and return to heaven, He proclaimed to His disciples, “Go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, said, “I am with you always!” 

ALWAYS - Every time, all the time, consistently, unfailingly! Now that’s a promise and God’s a promise-keeper! Focusing on the Word of God which is Jesus Christ, should drive away fear and strengthen faith. We can say, with the father of the boy healed by Jesus, “Lord, I  believe; help me with my doubts” (Mark 9:24).

Reconcile the irreconcilable—let go of problems and stand firm on God’s promises. Relinquishing problems to Him enables promised experiences with Him. Peace exceeding human understanding suddenly invades the heart. And the good fight of faith rises up and emboldens a parent to humbly bow before God the Father, trusting Him completely with the life of her child. The good fight of faith rises up and emboldens any believer to humbly bow before God Almighty, trusting Him in all circumstances!

Stand firm in the storm with your eyes on Jesus, remember His Words of promise, devote yourself to prayer, and be assured of His faithfulness. Say out loud, “Lord, I believe; help me with my unbelief!”

God’s promises overpower problems—declare them!

Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance. The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (NASB)

Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:5b-9 (NASB)

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?” 
Hebrews 13:5 (NASB)

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1:1-3 (NASB)

Praise Him in your wilderness! Faith routs fear!

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