Friday, October 7, 2011

{X}pect God's Radical Provision: Setting your Pillars

As I prayed over this particular day in the study, I felt that God gave me something unexpected to discuss. God brought me to the story of Lot and the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was a surprising direction, but when I read through the story, I understood.

If you truly want to be free from unbelief concerning a particular area in your life, you can't look back.

{Looking back on past outcomes erodes our ability to believe in a good future}. 

"Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon. Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. But Lot's wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt." Genesis 19:23-26

More importantly, when God Himself tells us not to look back, then we must have the sense to listen. Looking back paralyzes us. It changes us. It causes us to judge our circumstances by what we see with physical eyes instead of eyes of faith. My commentary says that "the verb 'looked back' indicates prolonged, intense gazing toward the world she loved, not a curious glance. Lot's wife was too attached to Sodom to follow God's call of grace, so she was included in the judgment as she lingered on the valley slopes."

{When we linger on the slopes of unbelief, we linger in sin}. 

As we set the pillars for our new foundation, let's begin by leaving the past behind us and pressing on towards the goal. Let's write these verses on the tablets of our hearts. Let's set them as our pillars of faith so that we can begin to {X}pect God's radical provision.

{What do you mean, 'If I can? Jesus asked. Anything is possible if a person believes. The father instantly cried out, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!} Mark 9:23 & 24

{I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief}. 1 Timothy 12 & 13

{And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family. And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief}. Matthew 13:57 & 58

{No, dear brothers and sister, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us}. Philippians 3:13 & 14

{Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, 'Why couldn't we cast out that demon?' You don't have enough faith, Jesus told them. I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain ' Move from here to there' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible}. Matthew 7:19 & 20

{Lord, despite what we see, we trust in Your supernatural ability to intervene in our lives. Your promises never fail and today we take you at Your word. Help us overcome our unbelief so that we might say to our mountains; move! Your word says nothing is impossible with God according to Luke 1:37.  Let us not limit your miracle of provision in our lives. You are Jehovah-Jireh- the Lord our Provider. In Jesus name amen}.


Sonya Lee said...

Now that is an unusual picture! Good point, too. We can't look back, or look at other's lives.

I read your article, Expect God's Radical Provision, in P31 magazine this month! Well written! Congratulations.

Jessica Kirkland said...

Thank you Sonya. And thanks for reading the article. Isn't that a weird eye?!! haha I thought it was quite strange but cool for the blog post. :)