HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:12-15).
We read of Moses, that “he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Exactly the opposite was true of the children of Israel in this record. They endured only when the circumstances were favourable; they were largely governed by the things that appealed to their senses, in place of resting in the invisible and eternal God.
In the present day, there are those who live intermittent Christian lives because they have become occupied with the outward, and center in circumstances, in place of centering in God. God wants us more and more to see Him in everything and to call nothing small if it bears us His message.
Here we read of the children of Israel, “Then they believed his words.” They did not believe till after they saw–when they saw Him work, then they believed. They really doubted God when they came to the Red Sea, but when God opened the way and led them across and they saw Pharaoh and his host drowned–“then they believed.” God wants us to have faith like Abraham who believed without seeing anything. His message was to go and make a sacrifice of his son. Abraham never questioned God but he was in obedience. His faith came into full focus when his son Isaac his father for the sacrifice and the answer was God will provide the sacrifice. That is faith in God and His promise. There is where we are to put our trust and faith
They led an up and down life because of this kind of faith; it was a faith that depended upon circumstances. This is not the kind of faith God wants us to have. Brethren you cannot see the object and call it faith, you cannot believe today and doubt it tomorrow. Faith is simply the evidence of things not seen. I do not have the means today is the substance, but God is going to come through for me by tomorrow. That is the promised faith and that is what we are going to hold on to in these days.
The world says “seeing is believing,” but God wants us to believe in order to see. The Psalmist said, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Do you believe God only when the circumstances are favourable, or do you believe no matter what the circumstances are?
Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. For your faith to go into action God is asking us to believe in order for us to see the promise.