by Olu Talabi (based on RLCF Bible Study on November 4, 2015)
For thus saith the Lord of hosts; after the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. (Zechariah 2:8)
This verse, as with many other promises of God’s Word, is a word of great assurance; a word that should provide great security in the life of a christian. Do we believe we actually hold this position (the apple of God’s eye) in our daily living? The evidence of believing this is a life of complete rest in the Lord and the removal of fear.
Faith remains an act of trust; trusting wholly in God our Father and in His Word or commandments, even when we are unable to explain why He has given the commandment.
Much as an earthly father would instruct his child to avoid danger, even when the act may appear harmless to the child, God always gives us His commandments for our own good. We must trust this is the case at all times. God means good to us His children… always.
Faith is always found in a place of quietness and rest (Isaiah 30:15). Will we always be still and know that our Father is the almighty God? (Psalm 46:10). Faith will always be in the place of knowing that Jesus Christ our Lord is keenly aware of all our situations. He is in the ‘boat’ with us; we need not falsely charge Him with ignorance to our condition (Mark 4:38).
Faith we agree is a gift from God; yet, without exercise of this gift by believing, it remains a dead thing. Something we can proclaim but without any life. Much as the gift of sight, God may bestow this, yet a man may remain blind because he fails to exercise the gift by opening his eyes to see.
God is good; He is very good to all and most especially to us His children.
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)