Proverbs 21 8-21-21

Fear is caused by doubt. Doubt comes from disbelief. “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” We must trust Christ in everything.

16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence [and righteousness based upon trust] comes to rest in the company of the dead.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

We all play the “what if” game. If we are not careful, we will forecast an ending to our “what if” game that becomes self-fulfilling. If we do not ask because we are afraid that the answer will be no, then the outcome is as good as the person saying, “No.” Instead, we should ask the Lord what He would have us do. If asking is what He leads us to do, then we ask. It may be that the question is really a test of the other person’s faith. Hold on; God doesn’t need to discover the outcome, but the other way around. The PERSON needs to discover whether or not he has faith. Then and only then can a person know what to do next. If his faith is confirmed, then he can move on to other things. If his faith fails, then he can learn from the experience and pass the next trial. The person who asked is either rewarded or consoled by the Spirit, depending upon the second person’s success or failure. Either way, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Now, concerning COVID, we need to make a decision. That decision needs to be based not upon the experts, doctors, our neighbor, the media, or anyone else, but upon the God of our hearts, Jesus Christ. If we ask and He tells us to get the shot, then we’d better get the shot. If we ask and He tells us to NOT get the shot, then we’d better NOT get the shot. It’s not based upon logic, but upon faith in God’s plan for our lives. He has the plan, but it’s up to us to follow that plan. I don’t believe that God chooses for us, but that He leads us to make decisions based upon His guidance. If we get COVID and die (whether or not we got the shot), I’m sure that God has worked our decision and its subsequent result into the fabric of His will.

What we must decide is, do we trust Jesus to tell us? And, If He tells us something contrary to our own opinion or knowledge (or someone else’s), do we trust Him enough to go with what He says? Our decision determines our faith or lack of faith, our belief or unbelief. If we trust Him, then our faith is built and we are rewarded with a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.

For Christians, our best scriptural example is Martha:

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?27 Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:21-27

If we believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, then we can trust Him to raise us from the dead if He so desires. But, in the words of the three Hebrews in Babylon, “even if He does not…we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:18. In other words, we will believe Jesus no matter what the world says or tries to get us to believe with our senses, our intellect, loyalty, or duty.

Like I keep saying, “Trust Jesus; read the Bible.” If we trust Him, then we’ll read His Word. The more we read, the more we trust Him. His voice is easier to hear and His words make sense according to the explanation that the Spirit gives us through revelation as we read His Word. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68. I’m with Peter.

Abba, hearing Your voice is what I live for. Whatever You say is what I want to do. Give me the capacity to discern and comprehend Your message, and then the desire and the power to do Your will. I trust You implicitly, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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