Last night as I was teaching on 1 Peter 1 we came to this statement of Peter:
21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:21 NIV)
Peter points out that in our relationship with Jesus we come to “believe in God” so that we put our “faith” and “hope” in God–in God alone. During times of transition and change is so easy to anchor our faith in the wrong places.
Oswald Chambers captured this truth in with this observation:
The reason we are all being disciplined is that we will know God is real. As soon as God becomes real to us, people pale by comparison, becoming shadows of reality. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever upset the one who is built on God.
This is a lesson I am striving to learn through following Jesus. I sense Jesus is trying to teach me about His reality and presence in every arena of my life. Too often it has been the voices of the crowd that caught my attention rather than the still small voice of God.
May we all learn the difference between the shadows and the real thing!