Let’s look at the two different definitions of plain in this verse. What we know about God, it says, is plain to us. For we only need to go outside and look at the beauty around us…the expansiveness of the sky, the magnificent colors of the flowers and trees to see and know the evidence of God’s creative ability. But this is because God has made it plain to us. He has not hidden Himself from us nor made it impossible to come to Him. The way to God is simple, direct and very clear…it is only through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.
The reference to this is in Exodus 2:3, “…she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.” When the mother of Moses could no longer hide him from the Egyptians…she was forced to put the basket in the water and release the baby to God. Letting go of our children is difficult. Whether it’s their first day of school or just starting college, I believe Moms have a harder time of relinquishing their control. But just as the mother Moses had to trust God with her baby, we need to also. For if you think about it…God can love and care for our kids much better, for He’s always with them.
Our lips are called the gateway to honesty or deception. And while this Proverb extols the benefits of wisdom, and thinking before we speak… Job 15:5 shows the opposite when it says, “Your sin prompts (or incites) your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.” We all have the ability to select the words that come out of our lips, for it’s our prudent or deceptive heart that guides them.
Whatever you’re going through today, and however hard it is to comprehend…there’s purpose for your pain…an aim to the affliction…and a role for the ruin. For sometimes God doesn’t change the situation we’re in…He’s more interested in changing us. Once I faced a circumstance so painful that I begged God daily to change it. And change did happen…but not in the way I thought it should. For over time, God made me over and how I viewed this problem. Instead of making the problem disappear, He transformed my character and mind-set…giving me the grace to accept it.
Spinning God’s Word to make it more acceptable, and politically correct is not new. During Jeremiah’s time the prophets used lies and deceit to woo the people into a false sense of peace. And the Church Leaders weren’t far behind in this guise, using their power to manipulate and deceive the people also. So why did the people not only tolerate this… but love it? These false prophets were only telling the people what they wanted to hear and the Church Leaders were watering down God’s Word to the point no one felt uncomfortable. But what does the future hold for such deceptive action then or now?
How do we go about increasing our faith? First, it’s about believing and accepting the Gospel Message…that Jesus came to save and redeem us from eternal punishment by His life, death and resurrection. Secondly, our faith is built up every time we trust and obey God and then see Him working in our life. Thus, over time, our faith increases, like layers of bricks being built up to form a strong wall. Finally, with that increasing faith comes a confidence that there’s nothing impossible for God.
When God calls us to leave behind our past and follow Him…it’s scary. We’re comfortable where we are and now He’s asking us to go into foreign territory. But just like Ruth, our past is dead and barren, holding out no hope for a productive future. So we need to make that decision of just who we’re going to serve…God or self. (Joshua 24:15)