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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

57- Look Unto God And Not Unto The Surrounding Circumstances

 

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus calling His disciples and talking with them صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: السيد يسوع المسيح يتحدث مع تلاميذه ويدعوهم

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus calling His disciples and talking with them

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: السيد يسوع المسيح يتحدث مع تلاميذه ويدعوهم

3- Look Unto God And Not Unto The Surrounding Circumstances

The surrounding circumstances were calling for hopelessness before crossing the Red Sea. But Moses called the people to look unto God and said to them “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you … The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex 14:13-14).

The same also happened between David and the mighty Goliath. If David looked to the mighty and challenging Goliath he would have been at a loss. But through faith he looked unto God who will capture him in His hand (1 Sam. 17).

The same situation also happened in the miracle of the five loaves and the two fish. When the disciples saw the existing food and the thousands of people present they said “what is this food to these people?” But Jesus looked up and blessed the food. If the disciples also looked up with faith they would have rested and saw the power of God.

Martha looked at the tomb of her dead brother who died four days back, and said that he smells bad. But the Lord told her haven't I told you that if you believed, you would have seen the glory of God (John 11:39-40).

So we always have to look above so that faith enters our hearts.

We have to look up unto the loving God who is able to do anything, and not to concentrate our thoughts on the surrounding circumstances.

Don't look to the power of your enemies, but look unto God who will rescue you from them.

Don't look at the sin which “has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men.. ” (Prov. 7:26), but look unto the Lord Jesus who “Will save His people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21).


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