Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cloudy Vision

As we neared Atlanta, I looked out of the small window from my seat in the airplane. I saw nothing but clouds. I had hoped to see God’s beautiful landscape across the horizon, but all I saw were clouds. At times the wing of the plane wasn’t even visible as we sped through the dense white mist. How can the pilot drive this thing? What if we crash? Does the pilot trust his instruments and the guides in the control tower? Are we in good hands?

Immediately I thought of life’s many situations. How can I pay my bills when all I see is debt? How can I get healthy when the doctor keeps finding more cancer? How can I enjoy life when all I do is work? How can I get my book published or have an opportunity to become an actor if all I receive is rejection? Can we look past our cloudy circumstances to a brighter day? Do we trust God with overwhelming situations? Are we in good Hands?

Yes, we were in good hands as we landed safely and yes, we are in good Hands everyday. We serve a Sovereign God who rules supreme over all things. Can we trust Him? You bet we can! He is the faithful God who desires for us to have complete faith in Him. Even though our vision is cloudy, it becomes clear with God as the pilot. Read what Scripture tells us about our faithful God:

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments....” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV)
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (NKJV)
Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:19 (NKJV)
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11 (NKJV)
So if Jesus is called Faithful and True, why does He allow suffering in our lives? Because He’s working on us and those around us. There may be people in our lives that need to see Jesus, and if our reaction to difficult circumstances is praise to an Almighty God, then souls may be saved. Or maybe we’ve got some growing to do—improvement on some personality issues or character flaws—and if we’ve focused on Jesus, we’ll see blessings instead of hardship. We’ll be thankful instead of bitter. We’ll be filled with the hope of God’s glory.
Job is a great example of a man whose vision was not clouded with fear. In one day, he lost all of his children and everything he owned. A disastrous situation surrounded him, a cloudy life enveloped him, yet he gave praise to God. Read his words below from Job 1:21-22 (NASB):
He said,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

To God be the glory! What trust in a faithful God! Do you have that kind of faith? Do you trust in God no matter what happens in your life? Can you exhibit hope in distressful times? Job could. Again he spoke of his faith in Job 13:15 (NIV):

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him....

The psalmist who wrote Psalm 71 also was in the middle of a crisis, and he responded like Job. He said in vs.14 (NIV):

But as for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
God’s desire for us is to worship Him in spirit, truth, (John 4:23) and crisis. He blesses those who can look beyond the clouds and see Him. And in the midst of the misty clouds, God receives glory as people begin to visualize His power. Then the clouds dispel and His light shines brightly on the things of earth. As Thomas Benton Brooks states: HOPE CAN SEE HEAVEN THROUGH THE THICKEST CLOUDS.

Can you see past the clouds? Do you believe that you are in good Hands? If not, then begin praising Him and you will be able to see through the clouds into the face of your God. He loves you. He’s got you in His Hands!

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