We all come to a time in our lives where we are confronted with a choice: Will we put our faith in our natural circumstances or will we put our faith in God’s promises?
Peter had this choice. Would he walk on water or would he sink? Which was more powerful to him: The Word from Jesus or the winds and the waves?
“He [Jesus] said, ‘Come,’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me’” (Matthew 14.29-30 ESV).
The Israelites also had this choice. Would they walk into their Promise Land that God had given them or would they run away in fear? Which was more powerful to them: The Word from God or the giants living in their land?
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Send men to explore Canaan, which I’m giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of their ancestors’ tribes” (Numbers 13.1 ESV).
“Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, ‘Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.’ But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!’” (Numbers 13.30-31 ESV).
Jesus walking with His disciples noticed a fig tree filled with leaves. He walked straight to that fig tree expecting fruit; however, no fruit was there because it wasn’t the season for fruit.
“And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When He came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again’” (Mark 11.13-14 ESV).
The fig tree had this choice. Would it bear fruit because Jesus’ willed it or would it obey its natural circumstances? Which was more powerful to it: The desire of Jesus or the seasons?
Through Jesus our world was created (Colossians 1.15-16). The creator is always more powerful than the created. When we receive a promise from God, not even the natural circumstances which God created can prevent it from coming to pass. All we need is one thing: FAITH!
“As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.’”
So when we are confronted with a choice between God’s Promise and our natural circumstances (wind, giants and the seasons), we must ALWAYS put our faith in God’s Promises. His Word usurps everything if we just believe.
“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5.7 NIV).
Sadly, if we put our faith into sight more than our faith, God’s promises to us with wither and die. We can’t bear supernatural fruit if we don’t have faith. But, thankfully, God is a God of second chances. He will give us access to our Promise Land again and again until our faith in Him is bigger than our faith in our circumstance. Even, like the Israelites, if it takes us forty years to enter our Promise Land.
What natural circumstances are telling you that God’s Promises or impossible or dead? Today, will you put your faith in God’s Word and not let doubt attack your belief? If you haven’t received a promise from the Lord, will you seek Him and His will for your life? Put all your faith in God’s Promises, trusting that He is more powerful than the situation you face.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19.6 NIV).