I was watching a movie last night on television when one of the main characters ignited a fire in me by the words he spoke.
Clark, the character I’m referring to, had suffered loss and life had dealt a fair share of other misfortunes that could have left him (or any human being) with a heart of unbelief.
While responding to a question of how he continues to believe in God through all his trials, Clark says
“The truth of God’s love is not that He allows bad things to happen. It’s His promise that He’ll be there with us when they do”.
Clark’s powerful statement rang a resounding “yes” in my soul.
It so struck a chord with my spirit that I asked if God was really speaking to me through the movie.
As I was studying this morning, I understood how powerful and damaging unbelief is to the one who chooses to give up on God during times of wilderness.
Times of wilderness may include the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or home, times of financial struggles, difficulty in relationships, or whatever type of struggle one faces that challenges his/her belief in the Almighty God.
In Hebrews 3: 8, the Holy Spirit warns us not to harden our hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness.
In verse 10, the Holy Spirit goes on to say that He was grieved with that generation (the Israelites during their 40 years in the wilderness) and said they always go astray in their hearts, they have not known my ways.
Is it possible to give up on God in our hearts when our mouths say otherwise ?
Jeremiah 17:9 – 10 states “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Hebrews 3:12 warns us to to “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”
Can it be that if we have unbelief in our hearts then our hearts are considered to be evil?
After contemplating the word “unbelief'”, I thought of the many times I doubted God and wondered is doubt and unbelief the same thing.
According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, doubt is: to be uncertain about (something); to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely; to have no confidence in (someone or something).
Then I thought of doubting Thomas, the disciple who needed proof that Jesus was alive because he had to see Him for himself.
I don’t want to doubt God’s promises or His Word, ever!
I want to be like Clark, who also stated in the movie, that his daughter can fall down even when he’s walking right beside her.
But his daughter knows her father’s unconditional love for her will cause him to pick her up, heal her if she’s hurt, cry when she cries, and rejoices with her when she’s well.
The truth of God’s love is that through it all, God is right there with us.
Jehovah Shamma is one of His names, which means the One who promises to never leave us or forsake us.
Therefore, my prayer today is from the Psalms.
“Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10) .”
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139: 23 -24)
May God’s love overwhelm you,