“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13)
This week I am beginning to work through the Jennifer Rothschild Bible Study entitled “Walking by Faith”. My heart is smiling as I consider the implications of following a blind woman in a walk! I suspect this servant of the Lord who has learned to walk by faith not by sight in two realms has much to teach me! “Walking by faith means taking a risk…” Jennifer said. I guess from our perspective it seems like a risky lifestyle, but how could it be risky to entrust your life to an all powerful, all knowing, perfectly loving God? It seems more risky not to walk by faith!
“When we walk by sight, all we can see are the price tags of life;but when we walk by faith, we discover the values. Outlook determines outcome.”
“Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.Â Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play.Â Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”Â
1 Samuel 16:14;23
Fear of failure – of defeat; of loss of influence;Â of being disregarded by those who used to value you; fear of being alone.Â HisÂ torment wasÂ so evident that his servants tookÂ notice and tried to help the King find relief.Â Can you imagine?Â
The mighty king, so paralyzed by the spirit of fear that heÂ needed to rely on the wisdom of his servants to find a path of relief. Â Into the discord and disharmony that fear created comes the harp playing, anointed David.Â He, with the Spirit’s presence, brought harmony and refreshment to Saul’s troubled heart.Â
How powerfully thisÂ reveals the call of God to Spirit indwelt believers!Â We enter into service to the fear-filled, tormented world playing a harmonious melody that refreshes and relieves panic in others.Â That harmony is created not by our efforts but by the very presence of God’s Spirit within us!Â We are vessels of grace to a scaredÂ world.
Lord, today please use me to bring harmony out of discord.Â Spirit,Â move me outÂ of self imposed solitary pursuits and into the world seeking to relieve and assist others to feel better!Â Show me who I might serve today Lord.Â Give me a song of relief for your people! Amen
Â “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord…”
So many times myÂ inner thoughtsÂ shout back, “Lord, why so much waiting–what have you got againstÂ “now”?’Â
My impatience isÂ conclusive evidence of how much unbelief still livesÂ within.Â Impatience has become a siren that lets me knowÂ that I am resisting and rejecting the truth.Â
In waiting, I have noticed that my faithÂ mushrooms from childish, spoiled rantingÂ to a settled, secure confidence that no matter how long it takes my God isÂ worth waiting for!Â
That movement of the soul is from wantingÂ something to wantingÂ the all-satisfying someone!Â Waiting whets my appetite for God andÂ what I hunger for is to know HimÂ better.Â When that happens Warren Wiersbe says, then living becomes not a mirror in which I see myself better but a window through which I see the Almighty!