Face2face devotional SERIES
Day 2 – Face2Face Devotional Series
Obstacles in front of us can frighten us, paralyze us into inaction or panic. I’m not saying it’ll be easy. But with our eyes fixed on Him, our doubts will be diminished, and our roots in Him will grow stronger. A tree with many storms will outlive decades longer the tree without storms.
For today’s reflection, let’s center in on Luke 24:33-43 MSG:
”They didn’t waste a minute. They were up and on their way back to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and their friends gathered together, talking away: ‘It’s really happened! The Master has been raised up—Simon saw him!’
Then the two went over everything that happened on the road and how they recognized him when he broke the bread.
While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death.
He continued with them, ‘Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.’
As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true. He asked, ‘Do you have any food here?’ They gave him a piece of leftover fish they had cooked. He took it and ate it right before their eyes.”
This scene thrills me. The whole chapter excites me! Here the disciples are starting to grasp the reality that the Master is actually alive! But it was only wonderment–a faint hope–up until that moment when Jesus of Nazareth appears to His disciples in bodily form. And to convince them of this fact, He even stuck a piece of cooked fish into His mouth. Indeed, He really stood before them risen!
Don’t Let Your Doubts Take Over!
I want to focus on the phrase, “Don’t let all these doubting questions take over.” In all honesty, it takes no effort to doubt. But to have belief and mountain-moving faith takes deliberate actions on our part. You’re praying with doubt-filled faith? It isn’t true faith then! It can hardly move a mole hill, never mind a mighty obstacle of a mountain.
Faith focuses not on the problem at hand–the broken relationship, the bad report from the doctor, the empty cupboard. True faith focuses on the Risen Lord Who appears in the midst of your brokenheart, your difficult situation, and your insurmountable obstacle . It is then we cling to Him not based on our desperation, but based on the reality that He is able to move that mountain–or carry you over it! We cling and hold to Him because we need Him. He is, afterall, the answer to ALL our problems, ALL our struggles, and ANY and ALL mountains that we face.
Doubt your doubts! Cling to the Master. Have absolute trust that the Lord will move in your situation. Actively wait on the Lord and begin to speak to your mountains to be moved in His Name. Back up what you say with fasting and unceasing, faith-filled prayers. Then rest. Rest in the reality that Jesus stands behind you backing up everything you speak in His power-filled Name. He will work on your behalf! And if He won’t move the mountain, He’ll give you the strength to climb it and/or fly over it!
He knows about our frail humanity with its doubting tendencies. Yet He urges us to believe and not stop believing in His ability to move on our behalf. Selah, friends! Pause and meditate on the above if it speaks to you.Tweet
Reflections for your journal: List in your journal any mountains that are before you today. Spend a few moments writing or speaking to the Lord in all honesty what you feel when you are confronted with those behemoths. Now adjust your eyes away from the mountain to the hands of the Lord Who is able to reach down and move those mountains.
Prayer Starter: “Lord, there’s a mighty obstacle in front of me–or, sure enough down the road, I will face such an obstacle. Teach me now how to trust You, how to doubt my doubts and trust Your faithfulness in helping me in my trials and storms. Amen!”