We are living in a time of the greatest gospel revelation in history. There are more preachers, more books, and more gospel-media saturation than ever. Yet there has never been more distress, affliction and troubled minds among God’s people. Pastors today design their sermons just to pick people up and help them deal with despair.
There is nothing wrong with this. I preach these truths myself. Yet I believe there’s still just one reason why we see so little victory and deliverance: it is unbelief. The fact is, God has spoken with great clarity in these last days. And this is what he has said: “I’ve already given you a Word. It is finished and complete. Now, stand on it.”
Let no one tell you we are experiencing a famine of God’s Word. The truth is, we’re experiencing a famine of hearing God’s Word, and of obeying it. Why? Faith is so unreasonable, but faith never comes to us by logic or reason. Paul states plainly, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). This is the only way true faith will ever rise up in any believer’s heart. It comes by hearing—that is, believing, trusting and acting on—God’s Word.
“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry…. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles…. Many are the afflictions of the righteous…. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate” (Psalm 34:15, 17, 19, 22).
In just these few passages from Psalms, we are given enough of God’s Word to drive out all unbelief. I urge you now: hear it, trust it, obey it. And finally, rest in it.