More Real Than What I See

I walk along fields of grass bronzed by the summer’s heat watching and listening as its leaves gently quiver as they rustle in the wind.  I lift my hand and skim my palm along the tops of the copper, seed-laden heads.  Further along the path, I notice a splash of color.  Nestled in the middle of the autumn colors is a late blooming flower.  I kneel down and take in its fragrant aroma.

This environment that I interact with – the grass and flowers of the field – is real…tangible…genuine.

Yet, I know that as autumn turns to winter, the grass will wither and the flower will fall to the ground.

God’s Word reflects this reality in Isaiah 40:8 – “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever”.

So that must mean…

That which endures forever – the truth of God’s word…the promises that He gives…the words that He speaks –

Is more sure…more certain…more lasting than that which I can see, hear, touch, smell and taste.

This is a truth that I must grasp a hold of and stand on if I am going to stand firm and walk by faith on the path that God has set before me to walk on.

The psalmist understood this when he wrote Psalm 46.  In the midst of troubling circumstances so huge and colossal it was as if the earth under his feet was giving way as he watched mountains surrounding him quake with their surging and fall into the heart of the sea causing it waters to roar upwards, the tops of its angry waves foaming as they reached towards the sky.

Yet…

In all of this he boldly states, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble, therefore…

We will not fear.”

The knowledge that God’s word endures because God is eternal and is the same yesterday, today and forever was not just head knowledge.  This truth had woven its way into the foundation of his heart and his soul…

He didn’t just cling to it.  He stood on it, firmly believing and putting his faith in the One – God Almighty – who was his and is our refuge…our strength…an ever present help in the trouble we are in.

Therefore, we will not fear.

Abraham is another who stood on the truth that God’s word endures…that God’s word lasts…that God will fulfill whatever promise He makes…

Even if it is impossible for man…

Even if the command that God gives seems to be in direct contradiction to the promise that God gives.

God had given to him a promise that his son Isaac would have children and descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.  When God tested Abraham telling him to sacrifice his son – whom he loved – Abraham didn’t falter or try to negotiate or protect his son from the command of God.

He obeyed.

Because he believed the promise of the One who gave it and he knew that God would be faithful to fulfill it.  He knew that God was the One who spoke and that which never before existed would come into being.  He believed that God could give life to that which was dead.

So, against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.  Without wavering in unbelief and quivering in fear he moved forward with bold confidence and obeyed, because his faith was in the God alone – the One whose word does not pass away.

When this truth – that God’s word endures because God is faithful to carry it through – we, like Abraham, can obey and walk with faith on the path that God has set before us…

Even when the commands of God and the promises of God seem to contradict each other.

When this truth – that God’s Word endures and is more real and certain than the troubles that we are in – takes root, not just in our heads but our hearts – we, like the Psalmist, can boldly say…

God is our refuge.  God is our strength.  God is our ever present help in trouble.  Therefore…

We will not fear.

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