Friday, April 18, 2008

"Listening To Circumstances"

"And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side." Mark 4:35

I'm sure you're familiar with the story of Jesus and His disciples getting into the boat and a storm came up that threatened to destroy them. Jesus was asleep in the boat during the storm but the disciples were bailing water in fear of drowning. The storm was so bad and they were so afraid that they woke Jesus and accused Him of not caring that they were going to die. The truth of the matter is-- they were never in fear of drowning although they thought they were because of the circumstances around them.

Jesus had already told them that they were going to the other side. That did not mean that they would drown, that they would turn back, that they wouldn't make it. They had Jesus' word on the matter, so what He said was what the outcome was going to be. The situation that they were facing made them fearful- it also made them forget what Jesus had said. If we aren't careful the situation that we are in will cause us to forget what the Lord has said to us because of what we see happening around us. The disciples "saw" the storm. They "felt" the water splashing upon them. They "heard" the winds howling. What they "saw", "felt" and "heard" governed their belief-- therefore, they believed that they would drown.

What they were experiencing said one thing, but Jesus had said something else. If they had held on to what Jesus had said they would have known that there was no possible way they were going to drown. If the Lord has spoken to you concerning a situation, listen to Him, don't let the circumstances that are around you tell you what to believe. Let Jesus' word be what governs your belief.

Have a great day. Circumstances say one thing.. Jesus says another.. which one will you listen to?

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