As my wife and I made the two-and-a-half-hour journey home from a conference, our faith was tested.
A storm brewed. A gully-washer. My wife peered out the side window. I could see the worry on her face. I almost pulled over, but as quickly as the rain had begun, it stopped. Unfortunately, so did our GPS. We found ourselves inching through eerie darkness on a winding, two-lane backroad with only the headlights as a light source. The road carried us deeper into the darkness, yet I felt God assuring me we were traveling in the right direction.
“Are you sure this is right?” my wife asked.
“I feel as if this is the way the Lord wants us to go,” I reassured her.
After ten miles, we were back on a well-lit road with signs that led us back to the interstate. That night strengthened our faith. We found our way by listening to God’s subtle promptings within our spirits.
Sometimes, it appears as if the path will never come into focus. We start to believe we must find our own way, only to discover the Lord has led us all along.
Trust is a step-by-step process. We learn to depend on an omnipresent God. He knows where we are going and where He wants us to end up. The Lord uses these faith-stretching moments to help us gain confidence that He is there and to help us become more Christ-like.
Then he said to Him, “If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.”~Exodus 33:15 NASB
Moses is a good example of uncertainty. God chose him to bring the people of Israel out of bondage, but the path to the promised land was a faith walk. He had to trust God for the details.
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.~Psalm 37:5-6 NASB
My wife and I learned that we are not the conductor; we are just the instruments selected to participate.
Reputation and status do not move God. Rather, our obedience does. He wants us to reach His destination by listening to His voice and following His promptings. When God affirms He is directing us, this gives us peace. We still may be concerned, but we can find comfort by trusting.
How obedient are you during uncertainty?
Father God, thank You for loving me and for Your divine protection. Please help me to trust You even when I am uncertain about what is ahead. Forgive me for times when I did not.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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