“Come closer, and listen to this. From the beginning I have told you plainly what would happen.” And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit have sent me with this message. This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow” (Isaiah 48: 16-17, NLT).
The first time I read through the Bible in a year I came across this verse, and it stopped me in my tracks. It was as if the Holy Spirit shined a flashlight into my soul. Even though I can never, for the life of me, remember the reference I always remember the word plainly.
When I’m scared, frustrated, and not sure of what will happen, I grab ahold of the promises in His Word because God is not a God of disorder, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).
I have a confession. Sometimes I get bored and I start making rash decisions (Ephesians 5:17). Sometimes I don’t ask for wisdom and I make foolish mistakes (Proverbs All Over the Place). I don’t know about you, but when a crisis hits–and it will–I don’t hear “plainly.” My ears are crowded with my own noises of complaining, whining, and crying. I talk too fast to listen!
I was was doing my homework for small group at my church and came across an awesome passage on faith. The Bible reference to look up was John 4:49-53. The story was simple. Short even. An official pleaded with Jesus to heal his dying son. Instead of going with the man, Jesus told him to go home: His son would live.
What? That’s it?
I would have pleaded, begged, given a thousand “but’s.” But, the man gave no excuses. Instead of doing what I felt, he left and found out on the way home that his son was alive. He was healed the very hour he believed (John 4:53).
I want that kind of faith. Clarity in a crisis. A clear focus. Belief may not seem like enough, but God always promises to answer us plainly. It’s what we do with the answer that produces miracles. Great men and women of faith. Today, this month, this year learn about God, take Him at His Word, and you will live.
We thank you for the truth made clear. Your Word is alive and it is life-giving. We accept Your will and ask for your continued clarity over the issues we are currently facing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.