The fundamental truth about salvation is that we are saved by faith (believing on what Jesus accomplished on the cross) through grace (the love, mercies, favor, and power of God). But faith’s accomplishments doesn’t have to end there.
Being human, there’s the tendency to want to fall back into sensual living rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. More times than we realize, we ignore the truth provided and put right in front of us, and exchange it for the sensual and more “logical” option that makes sense by our human thinking, and then wonder why we miss a lot that happens right in front of us. The disciples of Jesus made this mistake time and again, and only understood a lot that happened in retrospect. One of such times was the Last Supper.
“21When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ 22Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.
23Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.
25Then, leaning back on Jesus, he said to Him, ‘Lord, who is it?”
26Jesus answered, ‘It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.’ And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to, ‘What you do, do quickly.’ 28But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 29For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, ‘Buy those things we need at the feast,’ or that he should give something to the poor.” —John 13:21-29
The scenario in the above text mirrors a lot of our experiences with the Holy Spirit where He may tell us something that we need to know, and sometimes not directly, just as Jesus did by not mentioning Judas’ name but giving a pointer to who the betrayer would be. While the Holy Spirit may not always pronounce certain things directly, He certainly supplies enough such that if we apply our hearts to understanding through prayer and studying the Word of God and have our minds continually renewed, we will grow in wisdom and be able to prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2), for it is the glory of God to conceal a matter and for kings (the children of God) to search it out (Proverbs 25:2).
Why would God conceal His matters?
Because we are already intimately and fully known by God (1 Corinthians 13:12). He made us. But when we search Him, we get to discover amazing things about Him, and get to know Him on a personal and intimate level. This is pleasurable to God, and this is how a genuine relationship is built—two people put in the effort to know each other, and love and accept what they discover. God’s part is already fulfilled. But by concealing His matters, we search, find, and discover beautiful things that delight us about God. And because we have pursued God—despite His graciously free gift of salvation—He doesn’t come cheap to us.
Back to the topic.
Faith. Not sight.
Sight (or sensuality) built on sentiments led the disciples to believe that Judas couldn’t possibly betray Jesus despite Jesus saying, “Most assuredly I say to you…” Sensuality made them believe even after Jesus had given Judas the dipped bread, that Jesus was probably sending him on an errand. It couldn’t possibly be anything else.
In the same vein, the Holy Spirit may whisper certain things to our spirits over and over again. But because of sentiment which clouds judgment, it will lead to false wisdom and understanding, and so our hearts will insist on a certain direction (which could lead to complacency), because by our own understanding, what the Holy Spirit is saying just seems too impossible or incompatible with what we may think we know. But nothing is impossible with God. God could raise nothing and make it good, and He could also declare unfit what may seem to you as everything. This is where the wisdom of God prevails over the feeble perception of man. God’s thoughts and His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). And if you will have God’s best, then you must allow your spirit to be led by His. You will need to learn the discipline and humility that will teach you to listen to His voice and follow His direction and instructions. Otherwise, like John and the rest of the disciples, time and again, you will miss what the Spirit is saying and may realize it too late.
Timing is important if we will live higher and above the standard of the world and our flesh. It is the ONLY way to live a groundbreaking life of faith that not only pleases God, but also enables us to fulfill the destiny that He has planned for us—living it to the fullest extent in such a way that it institutes the maximum effect in this world and in the one to come the way God intended from the beginning.
Also, it’s not just your destiny that could falter when you fail to listen, the destinies of those tied to you may be affected as well, even down your generation (as seen with the children of the Israelites who had to remain in the desert for forty years instead of forty days because of their parents’ disobedience in order for God’s punishment toward the parents to be fulfilled). Also, souls may be at stake. God’s grand scheme will DEFINTELY prevail. But some souls could be lost forever. Jesus did warn that it would be worse for anyone who led the little ones to sin (Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42).
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, due for release Thanksgiving 2018. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.
*The article, Faith and not Sight, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).