Has this happened to you, or am I the only one? We go along in life, we get a word of direction, or a promise from God’s Word (through study, prayer time or perhaps a word of knowledge over us) and when it happens we don’t see it. Possibly, in our minds, the word manifested itself in our lives in a different way than ‘we’ imagined it to happen, so we simply did not recognize it.
We are not alone . . . even back thousands of years ago, people struggled with the very same issue! Here are three examples:
- Throughout the whole Old Testament (the Scriptures handed down to the Jews – God’s chosen people) they were told about how the Messiah would come and redeem them back to Himself. Jesus came, even told them that “today this is fulfilled within your hearing” (see Luke 4:16-21), yet they did not get it!
- When Peter heard that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb, and heard that the women had been told that He had risen just as He had said, he ran to look for himself. Instead of rejoicing in the fulfillment of the promise, he “went away, wondering to himself what had happened.” Luke 24: 12b
- When Cleopas and another disciple were on their way to Emmaus, after the Lord was crucified, they were discussing the tragedy of all that transpired recently. On their journey, they met a stranger who asked them what they were talking about. They shared their thoughts with him. Then the man shared the Scriptures about the Messiah with them from the very beginning to the end. . . they still did not get it . . . the fact that Jesus WAS the Messiah, He DID come to save them, but it was in a different way than they envisioned. In fact, this ‘stranger’ WAS the resurrected Christ, but their eyes were blinded until He broke bread with them.
So, why should we be surprised at our own ‘stubbornness’ at not recognizing God’s promises to us when the manifest? We have even been told that His ways and His thoughts are different than ours (see Isaiah 55:8-9), yet we just don’t get it!
Prayer for the day:
Lord God, forgive our stubborn hearts! Open up our spirit eyes to see and know the Truth and soften up our hearts to be able to recognize and understand Your answers when they come. May we always be attentive to You and truly walk in Your ways without question or doubt, in Jesus Name, amen.