The Mustard Seed
What does the Commandment "You shall not misuse the Name of the LORD your God" mean? A literal translation of the Hebrew text can look like this: You shall not carry the name of YAHWEH your God for nothing. One way we often "carry God's name for nothing" is failing to trust Him in challenging situations, so that we fall into fear and doubt.
The Bible is full of examples. During Jesus' trial, Peter denied that he knew Jesus, because Peter was afraid. (Matthew 26:69-75)
In the Old Testament we see the assistant to the prophet Elisha in a great panic because their house was surrounded by the Syrian Army. "What shall we do?!!"
"Don't be afraid," Elisha answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
What did Elisha mean by that? How did they get out of that situation? Read the answer for yourself in 2 Kings 6:8-23.
Twelve chapters later we read about read about Israel's King Hezekiah who woke up one day to find the city of Jerusalem surrounded by the army of Assyria. The Assyrian general mocked God and reminded the Jews that none of the "gods" of other nations could protect the lands he had conquered. The God of Israel, he said, can't save the people of Jerusalem.
King Hezekiah took the general's nasty letter to the temple of God and he laid the letter out in front of the alar. Hezekiah prayed, "O Lord, see and hear how Sennacherib insults the living God!" Hezekiah wisely appealed to God for the honor of His Name.
How did God save the city of Jerusalem? Read 2 Kings 19:35.
One night while Jesus' Disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, a bad storm came up. The Disciples were certain the boat would sink and they would drown. They were scared! Where was Jesus? He was sleeping peacefully in the back of the boat! With Jesus in their boat, they were never in any danger. (Mark 4:35-41)
This does NOT mean that if you trust Christ nothing bad ever happens to you. God does not promise to protect us from our own stupidity. And it often happens that when hurricanes and earthquakes hit, and airplanes fly into buildings, Christians also suffer or die. But Christ goes through it with you, because He has already been through it by the way of the cross (see Romans 8:18-39).
What is the worst that can happen? Physical death? Death is not the end. It is only the beginning of better things that we cannot see now.
~~ Pastor Ron
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