Missing Something

Have you ever looked at the truth over and over again, and no matter how hard you look, you just can’t figure out how the truth is the truth?  What it boils down to is that you are missing something.  As many of you know, I hold God’s Word to be the ultimate truth.  So, given that, you can understand that when I read something that just doesn’t make sense no matter how many times I read it, you can understand my question.  “What am I missing?”

Well, I think I finally found what I was missing.  I hate to admit how much time I spent reading, and reading again.  I hate to admit how many times I asked God to reveal it to me.  I hate to admit that all the time my answer was staring me in the face.  The answer, and what I was missing was the passage of time.

Have you ever read a novel, and, even though you just ate, all of a sudden you feel incredibly hungry, as if you haven’t eaten for days?  As novels flow, you become aware of the passage of time.  Days are compressed into minutes of reading, and months compressed into hours.  So, why didn’t I realize that was happening in the retelling of the plagues Egypt endured in the Exodus recounting of the events?  I guess it comes from being so familiar with the story, and erroneously looking at it through the lens of our instant society.

Where I think I’ve gone wrong is in thinking it was 10 plagues in 10 days.  In the natural course of things these plagues had to have taken place over a much longer period of time.  Remember, I believe God’s Word is true, and when it doesn’t make sense to me, I just don’t understand the truth.  When you add the passage of much more time to the story, all of a sudden the things that were not making logical sense, begin to make sense.

So, what is the lesson to be learned here?  When you believe something is true, don’t give up on that truth simply because facts seem to contradict the truth.  And, don’t give up on the truth even if everyone around you thinks you for a fool.  Don’t be afraid to stand up for God’s truth, because in the end God’s truth and his Word are going to be the only thing left standing.  Do you think that takes more faith than you’ve got?  Consider this.

See if you can find the line in this worship song that I used to think would not happen in my lifetime.

Everyone needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me

Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations

(Chorus:)
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears & failures
Fill my life again

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender (I surrender)
(Chorus:) (2x)
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

(Bridge:) (2x)
Shine Your light &
Let the whole world see
We’re singing
For the glory
Of the risen King
Jesus

(Chorus)
You’re the Savior
You can move the mountains
Lord You are mighty to save
You are mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
You rose & conquered the grave
Yes You conquered the grave

(Bridge:)

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/h/hillsong_united/mighty_to_save.html ]

If you picked the line, “He can move the mountains”, you are right.  Who would have thought that the entire Island nation of Japan could move 13-20 feet closer to the United States?  Is it really hard to believe that God can move the mountains anymore?

The bottom line is this.  Don’t miss the truth that God is mighty to save, and don’t miss the Truth because the facts as you see them don’t seem to support the Truth.  God is trustworthy, even when circumstances seem bleak.  Remember that Jesus was in fact crucified.  He died, and was buried.  Things seemed pretty bleak for Jesus’ followers, don’t you think?  And, after three days passed, he was raised to life again.  What seemed devastating, in an unforgettable moment became the story that has been told for generations.  That is the story of Easter, which we will celebrate in a few weeks.  It is the story that our Redeemer lives.   And as the hymn states, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.”

If Easter isn’t true, then everything I believe is a lie, and the entire world is without hope.  Since it is irrefutably true, it requires that I live my life with hope.  Not because the government will support me from cradle to grave, but because God has a plan for my life.  And that plan includes a life beyond what we can see and touch today.  If that realization doesn’t help give me hope in spite of what life dishes out, then nothing will.

Don’t miss it!