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Friday, January 13, 2012

Food And Faith – Elevators Can Let You Down – By: Ray Comfort

          A healthy baby has a healthy appetite.  If you have truly been “born” of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite.  We are told, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).  Feed yourself daily without fail.  Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).  The more you eat, the quicker you will grow, and the less bruising you will have.  Speed up the process and save yourself some pain – vow to read God’s Word every day, without fail.  Say to yourself, “No Bible, no breakfast.  No read, no feed.”  Be like Job, and put your Bible before you belly.  If you do that, God promises that you will be like a fruitful, strong, and healthy tree (see Psalm 1).  Each day, find somewhere quiet and thoroughly soak your soul in the Word of God.  There may be times when you read through its pages with great enthusiasm, and other times when it seems dry and even boring.  But food profits your body whether you enjoy it or not.  As a child, you no doubt ate desserts with great 
enthusiasm.  Perhaps vegetables weren't so exciting.  If you were a normal child, you probably had to be encouraged to eat them at first.  Then, as you matured in life, you learned to discipline yourself to eat vegetables.  This is because they physically benefit you, even though they may not bring pleasure to your taste buds.
          When a young man once said to me, “I find it hard to believe some of the things in the Bible,” I smiled and asked, “What’s your name?” When he said, “Paul,” I casually answered, “I don’t believe you.”  He looked at me questioningly.  I repeated, “What’s your name?”  Again he said, “Paul,” and again I answered, “I don’t believe you.”  Then I asked, “Where do you live?”  When he told me, I said, “I don’t believe that either.”  His reaction, understandably, was anger.  I said, “You look a little upset.  Do you know why?  You’re upset because I didn’t believe what you told me.  If you tell me that your name is Paul, and I say, ‘I don’t believe you,’ it means that I think you are a liar.  You are trying to deceive me by telling me you name is Paul, when it’s not.”
          Then I asked him if he, a mere man, felt insulted by my lack of faith in his word, how much more does he insult Almighty God by refusing to believe His Word?  In doing so, he was saying that God isn’t worth trusting – that He is a liar and a deceiver.  The Bible says, “He who does not believe God has made Him a liar” (1 John 5:10).  It also says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief …” (Hebrews 3:12).  Martin Luther asked, “What greater insult … can there be to God, than not to believe His promises?”
          I have heard people say, “But I just find it hard to have faith in God,” not realizing the implications of their words.  These are the same people who often accept the daily weather forecast, believe the newspapers, and trust their lives to pilots they have never seen whenever they board planes.  We exercise faith every day.  We rely on our car’s brakes.  We trust history books, medical books, and elevators.  Yet, elevators can let us down.  History books can be wrong.  Planes can crash.  How much more then should we trust the sure and true promises of Almighty God.  He will never let us down … if we trust Him.
          Cynics often argue, “You can’t trust the Bible – it’s full of mistakes.”  It is.  The first mistake was when man rejected God, and the Scriptures show men and women making the same tragic mistake again and again.
          It’s also full of what seem to be contradictions.  For example, the Scriptures tell us that “with God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37); there is nothing Almighty God can’t do.  Yet we are also told that it is “impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).  So there is something God cannot do!  Isn’t that an obvious “mistake” in the Bible?
          The answer to this dilemma is found in the lowly worm.  Do you know that it would be impossible for me to eat worms?  I once saw a man on TV butter his toast, then pour on a can of live, fat, wriggling, blood-filled worms.  He carefully took a knife and fork, cut into his moving meal, and ate it.  It made me feel sick.  It was disgusting.  The thought of chewing cold, live worms is so repulsive, so distasteful, I can candidly say it would be impossible for me to eat them, although I have seen it done.  It is so abhorrent, I draw on the strength of the word “impossible” to substantiate my claim.
          Lying, deception, bearing false witness, etc., is so repulsive to God, so disgusting to Him, so against His holy character, that the Scriptures draw on the strength of the word “impossible” to substantiate the claim.  He cannot, could not, and would not lie.  That means in a world where we are continually let down, we can totally rely on, trust in, and count on His promises.  They are sure, certain, indisputable, true, trustworthy, reliable, faithful, unfailing, dependable, steadfast, and an anchor for the soul.  In other words, you can truly believe them, and because of that, you can throw yourself blindfolded and without reserve into His mighty hands.  He will never, ever let you down.  Do you believe that?
From the book: Overcoming Panic Attacks (pgs. 59-64) by: Ray Comfort.
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