The kids’ area at our church is decorated like a beach boardwalk. There’s a pretend movie theater, surf shop, ice cream parlor and candy store that make up the beachfront veneer. My daughter is particularly fascinated with the door that leads into the candy store. The tiny painted entrance is perfectly located between two store windows filled with an assortment of candy.
My daughter runs to the door and grabs hold of the shiny, silver doorknob; and she pulls and tugs, desperate to open it. She pleads with me to help pry the door open, but I know there is nothing to be done. The doorknob is actually bolted to a cement wall, and the door frame surrounding it is simply a painted facade. The door is fake, the windows are fake, the store is fake and the entire boardwalk is fake.
I’ve tried to explain to her that the store is make-believe, but my words contradict the reality she thinks she sees with her eyes. As I watch my daughter struggle with believing me and trusting my words, I think about God’s command to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5.7).
Many times God allows the circumstances in our lives to “appear” as they contradict with the promises He has for us. We hear the Holy Spirit whisper one thing, but our eyes behold something quite different. Finally, we find ourselves at a crossroad: Who will we believe? God or our circumstances? When our world seems to challenge God’s whispers, we need to press into His Word, pursue Him in prayer and wait patiently for His will. God can be trusted, and He can do the impossible through us (Luke 1.37).
“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
– 1 Kings 8.56 (NLT)
“God, thank You for teaching me to trust Your Word more than my circumstances. Help me to rely on the whispers of the Holy Spirit and the promises found in the Bible rather than my own eyes and understanding. I trust that Your understanding is much greater than mine, so I want to rely whole-heartily on You.”