“Just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’” - 1 Corinthians 2:9 NASB
On August 31, 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their journey to the Pacific. One of the most significant contributions of the expedition was a better perception of the geography of the Northwest and the production of the first accurate maps of the area. During the journey, Lewis and Clark prepared approximately 140 maps. Author Stephen Ambrose states that the expedition “filled in the main outlines of the previously blank map of the northwestern United States”. Before the expedition, most Americans were not aware of the size and extent of the Rocky Mountains. They believed that the Rocky Mountains could be crossed in a single day and that the Rockies separated the source of the Missouri River from a great “River of the West” that would empty into the Pacific Ocean. However, the expedition found that the supposed single day of traveling was instead an 11 day ordeal that nearly cost them their lives and that an easy water route across the continent did not exist.
Many were intrigued. Yet to some, their stories and maps seemed far-fetched and hard to believe. One account described them as “past all credence.” Yet now we know that their stories were accurate.
Many react in the same way to the promises in the Bible. They seem amazing…hard to believe. Yet in the same way that Lewis and Clark knew what they were saying was true, Paul knew firsthand that God’s Kingdom was filled with riches beyond the imagination of most people.
He described “visions and revelations of the Lord” from a man “caught up to the third heaven.” There, this man (whom many believe was Paul himself) “heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak” (2 Corinthians 12:1-4).
The riches and power were so great that understanding them requires a supernatural revelation from God (Ephesians 1:18-22). Yet he knew that no one ever has seen, heard, or conceived “all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Even though these promises are true, many people-even some Christians-are filled with doubt. They would rather place their hope and trust in the things of this world.
Today, dare to believe that God’s Word is true. All of it! Don’t allow doubt to rob you of His blessings. Say His promises aloud. Step out in faith.