To many people fear seems to be a legitimate reason not to do something. But I want you to see that the master in Jesus’s parable was not sympathetic toward the servant who buried his talent. When the servant said, “I was afraid,” the master did not put his arm around him and say, “There, there, it’s all right. You poor little servant.
We’ve all heard clichés such as, “Where God guides He provides” or “What God ordains He sustains.” And while there is an element of truth in trite adages such as these, they can often give a false impression that if someone is in God’s will, everything will be easy.
Some people are waiting for God to do everything for them. Some people have an attitude that says, “If this vision is from God, then it will just happen on its own.” But my friend, it doesn’t work that way!
Perhaps you’ve heard of someone who became an overnight success. The reality is that these sudden sensations are usually just an illusion. Someone told me, “It took me thirty years of hard work to become an overnight success.”
It almost sounds as if Jesus contradicted Himself. When asked why the disciples had not been able to exorcise the demon, He said it was because of unbelief. But now He seems to be saying that it is because they had not fasted and prayed enough. Which is it?
Something amazing happened at the Cross of Calvary and what was visible to us was merely superficial. The Tree had roots back into the past eternity and its branches stretched upward into eternities to come. It was a real event in the realm of reality - infinitely more real to God, to the dimension of all angels and spirits, in heaven and hell, than what we saw. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)