Weekly Sabbath Survey
Believe in God — 6-14-2014
Jesus said to the Jewish people who were following Him, “You believe in God, believe also in me.” Or “You believe in God, so believe in the One He has sent.” Because these people were already believers in God (YHVH), Jesus appealed to them to believe that this same God had sent Him. He and His first followers were all Jews. Those followers believed Jesus was who He said He was. The very first followers called themselves Believers in the Way, because Jesus had said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Our belief in Jesus in these modern times has overshadowed our belief in God to the point He seems almost forgotten except when we sing “Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” He has become the Father of Jesus, but Father of us? —not so much. This makes us the opposite of where those first Believers were. For us, it could be said, “You believe in Jesus, you should also believe in God.”
Modern God is an ancient dude in some far away place. His great love, His infinite power, and His terrifying anger are minimized almost to extinction. We are better educated now and know that He doesn’t control the weather like droughts, floods and storms. These are “forces of nature.” A bad storm is a “natural disaster.” Or, is it? Maybe having little faith in His power and not much reverential fear of it either, He has become marginalized in our belief and understanding. I’m thinking this is a big mistake. Our sophistication has grown so much that our current thought on all this is, I have no need to fear——a BIG mistake.
Pat Robertson was put through the ringer for suggesting the Katrina storm that hit New Orleans might be God’s judgment on America. Not much of anybody of high profile Christian leadership came to his rescue to support that possibility. Now, many of the major ministry people are beginning to say what Pat said, seeing the plausibility of it more clearly now.
We have little faith for God’s provision because everything we want and need is (mostly) sold at the SUPER market. They have just about everything but used cars! The more advanced we have become in science and gadgetry, modern appliances and inventions, modern medicine, the less we rely on God.
If and when the time comes in America that we are overwhelmed, outnumbered, or whatever, it might be good if Believers KNOW and BELIEVE for a real demonstration of supernatural power. It would be helpful to have a deep understanding of what this God we ‘believe’ in can do, BEFORE the event calls for it.
I was reading the story of Gideon a while back. (Judges 6 & 7). With 300 unarmed men blowing 300 hundred rams horns, holding up 300 lights in the pitch dark, and shouting “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” The Lord stepped in and honored their faith, and 10,000 heavily armed Midianite enemies were defeated by the Israelites that night. I recommend this story for reading to increase your faith. Sometimes the more readiness we have, the more actual preparation we do, the more we depend on ourselves rather than God, and the less He does for us. The people in the Old Testament didn’t have what we have. They depended on God because they had to. Our preparing for what may come, should begin with more and greater faith in our God. Our preparedness in the natural should be founded on our preparation in the spirit.
Think of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Jesus and His first followers. The first ones relied only on God’s spoken word and had the good sense to pass the stories down and get them recorded. Later, the Old Testament was the only Bible these people had. We should get ours out and better acquaint ourselves with the God they believed in. Only when we believe on the ONE who sent Jesus, will our faith be full and strong enough to get us through anything. Then, we can get going in the ministry described in Mark 16:14-20.
And Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. Mark 11:22