Who Will You Believe?
What do you think when you hear the names Noah, Moses, Ruth, David, and Mary, the mother of Jesus? How about Peter, John, and Paul? They are some of the so-called Bible heroes that God used mightily.
None of them were perfect, of course. They were sinful human beings, just as you and I are. The Bible is very clear that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and that only Jesus was sinless, being fully God in addition to being fully man. (“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15)
So if they were sinful – just like us – what makes them so special? One very simple reason: they believed God. When God told Noah to build an ark because a torrential rain was going to flood the earth and wipe out all the people for their wickedness, Noah believed God and built the ark. He didn’t say to himself that rain had never fallen from the skies before and it was, therefore, impossible. No, he believed God. Noah chose to trust God more than his own limited mind and finite senses. You could say that he hedged his bet on God and won the kitty, his being the only family that survived.
Mary and her fiancé Joseph did the same. Do you think they understood the concept of an immaculate conception? They didn’t understand it any better than we do, though they knew that God had promised a Messiah and that he would be born a Jew in the line of David. What did they do with the angel’s announcement? They believed.
The apostles believed God to the point of accepting agonizing deaths rather than deny Him. Would you be willing to die by crucifixion, stoning, beheading, or another equally horrific means if you didn’t believe it down to the marrow of your bones? They knew that Jesus was the Messiah, witnessed His miracles, and saw Him again after he arose from the dead. The possibility of it being a hoax is absolute nonsense, considering the lengths to which their belief was held.
For some, their belief began tentatively, questioning who Jesus was and wanting proofs before committing their lives to the Lord. Others jumped in with both feet almost immediately. But all came to the point where they had to decide: Do I believe God or not? Man says Jesus was a good person, but not God and certainly not risen from the dead. My question to you today is the same as the one Jesus asked Peter: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15, Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20) If, like Peter, you respond, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” will you stay among the masses, trusting finite man for answers? Or will you actively believe God? Every time you come to a fork in the road, you choose. I pray that at each and every fork, you choose to believe God and act accordingly.
Praise be to God our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son.
*** I highly recommend Beth Moore’s study, Believing God.