That’s how I viewed what was happening early in my faith walk when I had no spiritual discernment; never opened the Bible; and certainly did not have a relationship with Jesus.
I know, it sounds like sheer nonsense now. But back then, it was my reaction to all of the things that didn’t “go right” or didn’t “turn out my way.” Every encounter I had with discomfort supported my conclusion that the sky was falling. And it was falling EVERY DAY! I never considered that after it fell, it couldn’t fall again. J
What was I thinking? That the Christian life would be devoid of anything uncomfortable? I learned later it is exactly the opposite. But it was still maddening. Even after I realized that the factory of life never closes, we seem to hold out hope that somehow the production line will come to a halt. Of course it never does.
Once I had fully absorbed and embraced the immutable truth that we will never escape the tests and trials of life, I went straight to God’s Word for strength and protection. For wisdom and discernment. For his protective armor. I made a commitment right then—one I am still honoring 19 years later–to spend time with God every day. In his Word. Praying. Trusting.
And the sky has not fallen…not even once.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11
ARMOR & BELIEF
Make no mistake, living with this kind of faith is hard work that requires us to pray without ceasing to maintain our spiritual guard. To consistently and continually stay in his Word. And to grow spiritually strong and increasingly wise in our discernment of God’s direction in our life.
But that is not enough. We must BELIEVE what God says!
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
“He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” Psalm 145:19
“Call to God, and the Lord saves me.” Proverbs 55:16
Why do we stop short of believing these promises? Why do we attach conditions and caveats by thinking: “OK…I believe, BUT there’s no way God can do this.”
This minimalistic approach is dangerous because it puts our faith on sliding scale from low to high based on the degree of pain or difficulty we encounter. Falling into this trap means we have emasculated the Lord of Heaven and earth and awarded the swing vote on our faith to fate.
This is a complete contradiction of our belief and trust in God that limits his power by using our past as an excuse to not seek him in the present. We don’t ask for the impossible because we don’t feel worthy or connected. And we don’t ask for the impossible because we don’t fully believe in the power of God.
NO! We must believe it and stop looking up at the sky to see if it’s falling.
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