What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

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Welcome Back Lynn Mosher as our monthly guest blogger. She always give is pause to ponder. Tonight is not different. 

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I Had Fainted Unless…

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see

the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

(Ps. 27:13 KJV)

Here we go a-pondering! I love to do this. If you’re a fairly new reader, you’ll soon find out that I love to take apart a verse of scripture…by its definitions. New and deeper meanings are sometimes discovered. Let’s see what we can dig out of this one.

*The above verse in other versions:

NKJV: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

New Living Version: “I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The thing is, “I had fainted,” “I would have lost heart,” or “I would have been without hope” are not in the original. The translators added those words.

In the original Hebrew of the Masoretic Text, it literally says, “Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.” It breaks off abruptly, as if he had said, “Oh, had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” We are left to imagine what would have happened had he not believed.

Because of the efforts of his numerous and formidable enemies, David knew his only support and deliverance was God. He believed he would see His goodness. And he did.

*Definitions:

The Hebrew word for unless means if not, except, had not, or were it not that.

Believed means to build up or support, to be firm or faithful, to trust, to be true, to uphold, to nourish, to be established, confirm, enduring, etc.

The word for goodness means beauty, gladness, welfare, prosperity, joy, fairness, etc.

*Rewording

Lynn’s Version might say, “Oh, had I not I believed, trusted, and endured to see God’s beauty, welfare, prosperity, and joy!” If we do not believe, how do we see the evidence of God’s goodness?

Doesn’t that remind you of Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not being seen.” (The Received Greek Text)

*Application/encouragement:

Because David sought the Lord and believed in His goodness, he said in an earlier verse, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Ps. 27:5 NKJV)

David went on to say in verse 14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (NKJV)

David’s main message of the whole psalm is wait, hope, and trust in the Lord. So, when you are in the midst of any trouble, always believe and have courage as you wait for the Lord to act on your behalf.

Be encouraged that, in your waiting, the Lord will strengthen you and will hide you in His secret place.

If I had not believed in God’s goodness and His working, deliverance, and love and waited for Him in my life and circumstances, I wonder what would have happened to me? Oh, I shudder even to think about it!

What would have happened to you if you had not believed to see the goodness of God in some trial or circumstance? What will happen in the future if you don’t believe?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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What if Cain Hadn’t Killed Abel?

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I was reading the Bible in the Old Testament the other day. As I browsed through some of the books, I started wondering about different situations and what would happen if they turned out differently.

What is Cain hadn’t killed Abel? If he would end up with a big family how would some of them change the world?

What about Moses killing a Hebrew out of anger. What if that Hebrew lived on? What changes in the world would happen?

Think about Judas Iscariot. What if he hadn’t hanged himself, and kept doing his sinful things. How would that change the world today?

Even David was part of a plot to kill one of his soldiers so he could marry his wife. How would things be different if that soldier came home, and David didn’t get married to his wife?

All these events changed the world in some way. They changed it for the positive in some ways, but in other ways it was a sinful move to better someone.

All these stories have an impact on us and it was through death that they all made a difference.

Jesus is an example of the biggest change in the history of this earth, and He did it through death as well. What if He hadn’t gone to the cross? What if He didn’t come back to life three days later?

This world might not even be here right now, if it hadn’t been for Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

One day we had no hope for the future. The next day we had hope for eternal life. All from one man.

Through-out the Bible there are stories of death, and destruction, but they were all part of God’s plan. They all had to happen to fulfill the prophecy God shared thousands of years earlier.

There were many deaths that have shaped the history of this world, but only one that really matters. Only one can be used to provide eternal life for all of us.

You can be part of a list that have accepted the love of Jesus. Take time to pray for forgiveness, and you too will have a death that changes the world and many people around you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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