Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms"1 (Lyrics)
Isaiah 43:1-2 – But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." (NIV)
It was years ago when I was still young, married, and already had two children. We came to Canada as a family, with enthusiasm, learning about life in a new country.
In two years, we had an old model car, and after getting his driver's licence, my husband said that I was next. I flatly refused the offer, but something in my husband caused him to insist that I sit in the driver's seat. With his instruction, my feet found the accelerator and the brake. I was thrilled to find the car moving and stopping at my command, and in no time, I had my driver's licence. My fear changed to control, and I learned to observe all the rules of the road.
My husband stressed the importance of using my rear-view mirrors and turning to check the blind spots when driving, making sure those spots were observed extra-carefully, not letting the vision of my surroundings be blinded at any time.
That advice has stayed with me all my driving years. I pass it on to the new drivers — the next generation.
It happens that we might have blind spots in our spiritual "driving": thought patterns, attitudes, and actions that do not befit our walk with God. We have all missed important points in learning how to trust God when we are standing on shaky ground with uncertainties and unexpected turns of events. We need to have our eyes open for the blind spots in our journey of life that need instruction and correction.
All this should awaken us to check our stand in the matters of God. We should be open to wait upon God to occupy the driver's seat and take us through the many blind spots that we do not see or understand.
When all seems to fall apart around us, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, is standing strong, and will deepen our trust in the One who loves us with ever-widening care for His people, and will enable us to hold on to Him in a new way that we had no idea of before.
Even though we may seem to fall apart under many events in our lives, all of them are useful lessons, and thanks to the power of God through Jesus Christ, it means that we do not need to fall apart, but we can be victorious in and through Him.
The blind spots that we still have are covered by God's grace, and because of Jesus, we will one day see Him face to face, and marvel how the hidden and unreliable becomes clear, and see how God has always been active in the midst of it all.
1 Corinthians 13:12 – Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear God and Lord, thank You for working all things together for our good. Thank You for removing the blind spots through our faith. Thank You that we can trust You in all conflicts. Thank You for Your grace, in Jesus' name. Amen!