We tend to put the emphasis on the first part of the verse-- "I had fainted". It is human nature to dwell on the negative, on the bad, on our problems and on troubles. (Isn't that what most of us do?) We are always looking at how bad the situation is. We are prone to give up easily when trying times come. We feel so defeated by our circumstances.
But as born again believers in Jesus, we no longer live as "natural" but "spiritual"-- "walking after the spirit and not the flesh". So our emphasis now, like the Psalmist, should be, "I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord".
Our belief (the just shall live by faith) and our focus should be on the Lord. The natural man walks by sight- what he sees and feels. The spiritual man walks by faith-- faith in God. "Unless I had believed". We should believe that we will see His goodness, even in a bad situation. We should believe that He is faithful to fulfill His promises- what He said He will do, He will do. We should believe that He will cause all things to work together for our good. We should believe that nothing is too difficult or impossible for God to do. We should believe that He loves us will not abandon, or forsake us, and will meet and supply all our need.
Where is your focus and belief this morning? On the problems, on your difficulties, on the overwhelming situation? Is it on the Red Sea or the God who parts the sea? Is it on the storm or the God who calms the storms? Is it on the lions, the fire, the enemy? Or on the God who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think?
Have a great day. The natural man focuses on the problems. The spiritual man puts faith in the Lord who is bigger than the problems.
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 5:7
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