In I'm Believing God, I shared how I had received a bad report about the health of a family member and how I decided to handle what was reported.
In our lives, we will face bad reports. We will be torn between the facts and the truth. At first glance, these two words seem akin to each other. However, often they are at odds.
In the case I described in the previous post, the facts were the symptoms and the doctor's report. We can't just ignore facts, but they don't need to be what we accept as the final truth.
When Moses sent twelve spies into the promise land, ten of the spies came back giving a "bad report". They said they couldn't enter the promise land due to the facts. The facts indicated that there were "giants" that lived in the land. The spies believed what they saw with their eyes and forgot the truth. The truth was the promise of God that they would possess the land. Those ten spies choose to believe the facts over the truth.
However, there were two spies, Joshua and Caleb, who believed God and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." Joshua and Caleb were outnumbered and the people decided not to go. The people were so against going that they wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb who believed they should go in and possess the land. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones in that group who were allowed to enter the promise land because they believed God (Numbers 13:1-33, Deuteronomy 1:23-38).
Giants can come in many forms. Health concerns, foreclosure, marital conflict, family disputes, etc., are all types of giants. They can seem insurmountable.
When we come across a giant in our lives, we can choose to run and accept defeat like the Israelites did.
Or we can believe God.
I know what the facts are, but what is the truth in this case? What does God's Word say about this bad report?
Back to the example of the bad report my family member received. The facts are the symptoms and the diagnoses.
What is the truth?
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains, yet we considered Him stricken, smitten , and afflicted by God.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed and made whole. ( Isaiah 53:4-5 Amplified Bible)
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His Holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases.
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalms 103:1-5
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matt 21:22
I'm Believing God!