The Eyes of Faith Are on the Lord
- Date: October 18, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
- From Faith That Prevails
Let's see if we can grab a few principles that might help us in discovering where we are in relationship to the Spirit of God building this community of faith in our lives. We all have different gifts. We're all placed differently, severally, the Scripture says, as He wills. Regardless, we all have to live by faith, because without faith it's impossible to please Him. We have to get our lives off cruise control, in this abundant, weak society, and get back to seeking God in a way that we don't have a clue where our meal is coming from tomorrow. Where, at this moment, your enemies have you surrounded and there's imminent death and you're crying out with an urgency, "God, I don't know what to do, but my eyes are upon You!" The problem is most of us believe we DO know what to do. We can come up with solutions for the problems we're in. And, most of us here do not have problems big enough that we need God. But we need to get an attitude of needing God for everything.
In the twenty-sixth chapter of Genesis, it says that in this day there was a famine in the land. Isaac is beginning to walk out the mandate of God on his life. Chapter 25, verse 5 says, "And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac." Then look what it says, "and he sent them away from Isaac while he yet lived." So we see the separation between the promise and the flesh. Then Abraham dies and his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him. "Isaac was forty years old [verse 20] when he took Rebekah as wife." "And she was barren," verse 21, "and Isaac besot the Lord, and the Lord was entreated of him." Here was this man of faith-how tough is it to believe for your wife when you remember how you were born! These stories help; don't they? "Man, my wife's barren. What do I do? Oh, I remember a story. I'm a miracle. God's no respecter of persons. The promise was to my father and to his seed. He was called because he would teach his children and his children's children. Let me see: I'm a child. My wife's barren. Abraham was called because he would teach his children and his children's children. Oh, I'm going to have babies; praise God!" He beseeches the Lord and God hears him! He was raised in an environment of faith, raised to believe the promises of God. We see, then, that his children are born.
We find that in the midst of all of this turmoil, there's a famine in the land. "And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. [I'll show you where to go.] Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swear to Abraham thy father" (Genesis 26:2-3). What an opportunity to lean back on all those promises that were given to his father and to believe in this God who is generational! God did not call us to have our children die in the wilderness! He did not call them out but to bring them in! God rebuked them and God brought judgment on them because they continued to say, "We're going to die out here in the wilderness!" God said, "You kept saying it. It's going to happen, but I'm going to bring in a remnant." I just said all that to say stop thinking, "It's so fearful out there! The world's so bad. We're going to lose our children. If we don't guard them and protect them, we're going to lose our children." I want to tell you something: we're not going to lose our children! When you raise them up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord, when they're old they will not depart from it! They may have some trials. They may get beat up a little bit in certain things, but I want you to know that we have a God who restores the year of the locust. Young people that we've seen go out, believe for them to come back because they've been raised in the household of faith. They've been raised in an environment of Abraham. We're going to believe God and stop fearing the world. Resist the devil and watch him flee from us.