‘I will not allow what I see to hinder what I believe.’ – Marvin Sapp
That is a quote that I have come to love 🙂 . It is so easy to let our circumstances shake our beliefs. Yet truth does not depend on our circumstances.
The story is told in Luke 8 of the sower who was scattering his seed and it fell on four surfaces:-
- the path
- the rock
- the thorns
- the good soil
I would like to focus on one surface – the thorns.
verse 14 (NIV)
‘The seed that fell among the thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures and do not mature.’
Circumstances tend to choke the seed. We know that the Living God is faithful, that the earth and all that is in it belongs to Him and that only He can satisfy. However, when life’s worries come in to full play it gets harder to believe. There is nothing new under the sun but life, oh my, it can really ‘re-invent’ worries and make them seem unique as though the circumstance is an exception.
Living in Mombasa has made me aware of all the witch doctors and seers who advertise their services. If it is not ‘Mganga wa Ramli’ it is ‘Mganga wa Kioo’. So many people here, Christians included, seek the services of these people. It is actually quite common to hear people talking openly about witchcraft in public places. At first, my husband and I were very shocked….I mean, where we’re from, it is not everyday that you hear people talking about taking each other to visit the ‘spirits of the water’ so that they can get things. Now…we realize that it is more rampant than we thought. The drive to consult these mediums is just another one of life’s worries, riches and pleasures. Life’s worries may vary from person to person…sickness, lack of money, loss of a job, marital problems, loss of a loved one. The list is endless.
When I get overwhelmed I have learnt to take time out and go to a place that reminds me what is true; my beliefs. I believe that God is the Living God. I believe that He is bigger than every situation and that no situation can define Him. A couple of months ago I was really overwhelmed and stressed, I went to a place that reminded me how big God is. I left there so encouraged. Just hearing the ocean hitting the wall was so refreshing. The circumstance hadn’t changed but I had been reminded the reality of my beliefs.
So as Marvin Sapp says, I will not allow what I see to hinder what I believe.
A friend of mine says that it is not possible to get stressed when you live in Mombasa with the ocean right around the corner. The ocean is a display of God’s splendor. It has a way of putting things into perspective but I challenge you that God’s splendor can be seen everywhere. It is in the sunrise and in the sunset. All it takes is a change of focus. Regardless of the circumstance … He is God. I refuse to be choked by things that do not change my Master’s standing. He is, was and will always be the Living God. Instead I choose to Praise Him In Advance.
Have a blessed weekend.