Are You Really a Practical Atheist?
So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” 2 Kings 7:2
This officer, a government official, acted like he believed in God, but he was a practical atheist. He spoke of God but doubted His power. To me the biggest fool is not the man who says there is no God, but the man who says there is a God, and then doesn't live like it.
Here was a man who had a sterile religion. He believed in God in a way. He had a form of godliness, but he denied the power thereof. And he was the loser. He was robbed by the thief of unbelief. I want you to see in the next verse what Elisha, God’s prophet, said to him: And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
Unbelief always withholds God's blessings from us. When we say we believe, but act as though God is not in the equation, we are practical atheists. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Are you captured by the thief of unbelief? Your sins are withholding good things from you and unbelief is the chief among them. Renounce unbelief as a sin. Confess it to the Lord. Refuse to let it hold you captive.
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