Summary: So much of our walk is based on things that we cannot see that sometimes we cannot relate to the things of God.
A Breath Away
2 Kings 3:17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink,
So much of our walk is based on things that we cannot see that sometimes we cannot relate to the things of God.
In fact Job stated:
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
And he also stated:
Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
Terrors of the unseen things can produce fear that will immobilize a person. When faced with great adversity of perceived things, inaction is the course of action most generally followed.
When Israel sent men to spy out the land of Canaan, they returned to report the land that they went to search was a land that was full of fearful things – giants that made us look like grasshoppers.
When the men went back to report, the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
And so the unseen terrors that these men reported made a whole congregation rebel against God.
These people only had to wait for Moses and Aaron to speak – to breathe these words:
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.
Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy.
You see, grace and mercy was only a breath away.
Terrors of the unseen things can produce fear that will cause a person to lose their way.
Did you know that there were chief rulers that believed on Jesus but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him. They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Their unseen terror – being put out of the synagogue.
Grace and mercy was only a breath away.
Terrors of the unseen things can produce fear that will cause a person to lose their courage.
Jesus walks towards a boat, walking on the water at 3 in the morning and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But Jesus spoke to them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; don’t be afraid.
Here is great courage:
Peter answered and said, Lord, if it is you, ask me to come to you on the water.
Jesus said, Come.
What courage we display, the swaggering show of temporary fearlessness when the flesh thinks it can attempt the unseen things of faith.
How soon it fails!
And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
What cowardice we display, the showing of fear when the flesh knows it cannot attempt the unseen things of faith.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Grace and mercy was only a breath away.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him O thou of little faith, why have you doubted?
Grace and mercy are only a breath away.
Terrors of the unseen things can cause a person to be blind to the most needful thing.
A Pharisee wanted Jesus to sit in his house and eat with him. Jesus did just that. There was a woman, which was a sinner and knew that Jesus was at the Pharisee’s house brought an alabaster box of ointment. She stood behind Jesus weeping and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
The Pharisee, who had invited Jesus saw this act by the woman, thought to himself - this man, if he were a prophet, should have known what this woman is – a sinner.
Jesus said to him – Simon, I have something to say to you.
And Simon said – Master, I’m listening.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, which of them will love him the most?
Simon answered and said, I suppose the one he forgave the most..
And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.