A curtain like veil that settles upon the earth as a result of a cocktail mix of cold and warm air pushing each other out-of-the-way…
To drive amidst and through this natural curtain could be likened to driving blindfolded.
I have always been fascinated by how a vehicle’s headlights on high beam will increase the density of the fog; One would think it should have the opposite effect.
This leads me to thinking about the existence of unbelief in a heart of faith. Is this even possible?
Faith is the high-beam light, but up against unbelief the shadows often deepen into greater darkness.
When unbelief exists in the heart of man, so there exists a spirit of fear; and when fear is present all of life is channeled through a perception of loss. Faith cannot grow in this soil and neither can love.
Listen to what the Word of God says:
“TAKE CARE brothers, lest there be in ANY of you an evil, unbelieving heart, LEADING YOU TO FALL AWAY from the living God” (Heb. 3:12).
Unbelief must not and cannot co-exist with Jesus in the heart of the believer. Unbelief is clothed in a spirit of defiance and arrogance which exalts one’s own life above the living God. It stinks of control. God is then redefined according to one’s perception and desire and not by faith through the Word of God.
“For who are those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? SO WE SEE THAT they were unable to enter BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF” (Heb.3:16)…..this passage of scripture is speaking of the children of Israel and their long journey through the desert. The journey long because they had forgotten what God had done for them and as a result of their forgetfulness they rebelled from hearts of unbelief, they no longer lived from hearts of faith, of trust in the One who had both delivered and saved them from slavery.
God asks for my trust. Trust equals belief and comes from faith. It is pure because it relinquishes my need for control and openly confesses my dependence upon One greater than I.
Despite all our searching, I believe this is a key element of a heart and mind at peace! If we would simply TRUST God according to His living Word…”You keep him in PERFECT peace whose MIND is STAYED on You BECAUSE he TRUSTS in You. TRUST IN THE LORD forever, for the Lord God is an EVERLASTING rock” (Is. 26:3-4).
“But exhort one another EVERY DAY as long as it is called “today” that none of you be hardened by the DECEITFULNESS of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold to our ORIGINAL CONFIDENCE to the end” (Heb.3:13-14).
am also thinking of John 8:32: “And you shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall SET YOU FREE!”
Unbelief permeates a life with dense shadow, it acts like setting concrete on a hot day and soon a heart becomes like stone; And unbelief is a subtle as the entrance of fog, only a heart consumed by faith in the living God will see it.
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing THROUGH the Word OF CHRIST” (Rom. 10:17).
Is there any unbelief in your heart today?