01 April 2019

Have you delayed your blessings?

In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt - on the very day - they came to the Desert of Sinai." (Exodus 19:1)

The story of the Israelites' journey to Mount Sinai is well-known -- from Moses' encounter with Pharaoh with the Ten Plagues, to the Israelites' triumphant walk through the Red Sea. In the verse above, we see that it took the Israelites three months to get from Egypt to Mount Sinai and it was just a few days away from the Promised Land.

Moses went up the mountain to meet God and in the end, brought down the tablets containing the Ten Commandments, so the story unfolds. Unfortunately, Moses did not come down with these tablets as quickly as was expected, he stayed there for forty days.

As days passed, the people started to doubt whether or not Moses was still alive on the mountain. Because they believed Moses to be dead, they built themselves a golden calf, an idol ... a new leader. It is interesting to note that for each of the 40 days the Israelites doubted, they postponed their blessings by one year.

They wandered in the desert for 40 years and over three million perished there. What could have taken weeks, now took them 40 years to accomplish! This brings us to one of the most deadly and widespread diseases that has killed millions of people all over the world: doubt. This disease killed three million Israelites in the desert and millions more people today are suffering fatal attacks of DOUBT.

Dear reader, problems and persecutions are not things that we welcome in our lives, but they do teach us how to trust in God whole-heartedly. They sharpen our faith and allow us to become more convinced of our Saviour’s ability to do the impossible in our lives.

When thoughts, laced with doubt enter your mind, do not listen to them. Believe in God's promises - in spite of any problem you might be facing right now. Because, if you are not careful, what could have taken you a few weeks to accomplish or overcome, will take years because of doubt. Don't be fooled. Just having faith will not automatically qualify us for a victorious life. It will be a hard and problem-filled journey to the top, but remember: "... weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

 Victory will never come before enduring a war. It might not be a physical war, but it will have all the features of war -- a spiritual war: Doubt, fear, frustration and spiritual weakness -- all these will test the quality of our faith, our ability to trust in God and the authority He has given us. Do not forget that God needs us to do our share if we ever want Him to change our circumstances. He needs our boldness, trust, perseverance and unwavering faith to bring the answers we seek. Let us therefore not lose heart and remain sturdy in our faith, because doubt serves only one purpose in the life of a believer: to delay the answers and push blessings beyond our grasp.

"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10)


God bless you all

Marcelo Pires