Looking Beyond our Sight

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’“  Mat 14:30

This verse comes from a very familiar passage where Jesus comes walking upon the sea to the boat where the disciples were.  After Peter recognizes who He is, he tells Jesus to command him to go on the water and walk to Him.  When Jesus did, he immediately got out of the boat and walked out to Jesus.  However, when he looked around and saw the wind and the rough waters, he began to sink and he cried out to Jesus to save him.  Jesus then reached out, grabbed him and asked him why he had doubted, showing a lack of faith. I have found myself looking at the wind and waves recently, and I will assume many of you all have done the same.

One thing we must always remember is that there are two separate and intermixed realities.  There is that which we see and live in, which is the physical reality.  It is where we exist.  It is where we work and play, sleep and eat.  Everything we do as created physical human beings.  This is the reality both Christians and unbelievers acknowledge.  Then there is the spiritual realm, the older of the two.  It is the one we cannot interact with using our physical five senses.  It is the realm where God and the angels reside.  We may live in this physical world, but we can touch and enter the spiritual world in prayer and worship, and through the facility of faith.  These two realities all around us, and they influence all that happens to us.  Some for good, and some for evil.

That being said, there are many who live their lives denying the spiritual realm.  These are the staunch unbelievers, atheists as an example.  There are also a much larger group that believe this reality exists, understand the benefits of it, but waffle when times get tough.  It is not that they deny the spiritual side, but they question it’s power and willingness to intervene.  Peter experienced this when He was walking on the water at the command of Christ, but his focused shifted from the spiritual to the physical, which rules out the possibility of walking on water, therefore he began to lose faith and doubted.

And this is what many of us do today.  The scriptures say that He would never leave or forsake us (Heb 13:5 quoting Deu 31:6.)  However, how many have cried out, asking why He was not there when some horrible thing happened.  The scriptures are full of verses where God declares His love for us, however, when things do not go our way, we often question His love for us.  Jesus declared in Mat 6 that all our needs would be met if we seek Him first, and Paul declared that God would supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  yet we worry about the future and how we can survive our present circumstances.  Paul said that all things work toward the good to them that love God, and who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28), yet many times we believe that nothing good could come out of what we experienced.  Just as Peter took his focus off Christ and God’s ability to circumvent the impossible, we do the exact same thing.  We say we trust in God for everything, yet worry and anguish in difficult times.  Oh how much the flesh wars against our spirit, and how often it wins the battle.  However, through the power of the Spirit of God, the victory in the war is assured.

I understand the battles, because this last couple of weeks I have been engaged in a battle which I was losing in the beginning.  It was a difficult time and I found myself succumbing to worry and desires to stoop to levels which others have used against me.  My spirit said to trust God and He will make things right, but my flesh wanted to retaliate.  I ran through scenarios in my mind that I thought would give me great satisfaction.  However, this was not trusting in God’s power and wisdom, but trusting in my own.  I have come to appreciate the words of Paul when he said, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Rom 7:24  But I have ultimately come to have the final victory.  I have decided to do what is right, work hard, do all I can to finish my tasks as efficiently and accurately as possible.  And then allow God to do the rest.  And there is much peace and solace in this, which is the proof of the victory.  I have not fully arrived, but I have made great strides in the right direction.

Do we believe what God has said in His Word, even though it may run counter to what the world deems impossible?  Do we believe what He says about us and others, or what we, in our limited abilities and understandings tell us?  Our touch and interaction with the spiritual realm comes through our reading and studies of scriptures and the truths inherent in them.  Will we take our eyes off of the truths revealed to us, or will we take our trust and rest it in our feelings and worldly beliefs?  Let us examine our reactions to difficult situations and see if we focused on God’s words or in our own ways.  Let us not be like Peter, who denied the reality Christ presented when He said “come”, and the reality that he already was walking on water, but lost his faith.  God will always keep His promises no matter what we see or experience.  Keep your eyes on this, and you will see victories in the battles that come upon you.

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