Faith and Things to Come

It’s never easy going forward when you can’t see.

I’ve had my share of times driving through fierce snowstorms in the dark of night wondering how I could possibly find a safe place to stop where I wouldn’t be hit by another driver or stuck for days on end. The darkness wouldn’t be so bad with the piercing headlights to point the way, but the snowflakes just reflect the light back at you. Millions of little specks — beautiful in the day when you’re dressed for the weather or sitting at a window with a cup of coffee; an abundance of distracting activity in the dark worsened with use of higher-beamed lights.

Sometimes the Christian life is like driving in an evening snowstorm.

You have the light of the Word at your disposal but the darkness and multitude of distracting elements shift your focus so quickly that you lose your sense of direction. Every little thing seems to reflect back to you that you’re doing the right things and the wrong things all at the same time. In such times many may fishtail or spiral off course.

Perhaps the answer lay in closing our eyes.

Maybe we’re seeing things from the wrong point of view. It could be that our minds are too focused on certain ways of doing things. It’s possible that our hearts are fearful because we’ve determined to control the situation ourselves.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

When we first determined to follow Christ, we did so in faith in His person and character. Jesus would never start a work in our lives and then leave it unfinished (Philippians 1:6). He would never lead us out into the wilderness and leave us for dead (Hebrews 13:5). Our Savior would never bring us into His family and leave us as orphans in this world (John 14:15-18).

We believed His Words.

We trusted His heart.

We had faith in Him.

Our saving faith is also our sustaining faith. 

We need to remember how God drew us to Himself and have faith in His person and character. We need to trust that He knows the way, and His desire is to bring us safely home. We need to rest our faith firmly in Christ and the hope of His good things which we cannot see in  this dark and storm.

Our faith is not built upon an idea or a hunch; it’s built upon the person of Jesus Christ.

When you find yourself fighting through times of darkness and storm, perhaps your best decision is to stop fighting.

Close your eyes.

Remember placing your faith in Jesus and trust Him to see you through the things to come.

 

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