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Friday, January 15, 2021
Foggy Chesapeake Bay from Havre de Grace, Maryland
"Living By Faith"
Message summary: Let us live by faith and not by sight, especially when we are experiencing sight-limiting fog!
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"We live by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
About 30 years ago I served as a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol. My role was to provide moral and spiritual support and encouragement. Among my responsibilities as chaplain was to notify and update family members about the condition of their loved ones aboard a missing or crashed plane. However thankfully I never had to do that.
I also had the opportunity to fly along with the pilots during training, sitting in the back seat as a non-pilot. Our squadron was based out of St. Marys, PA in mountainous northern Pennsylvania.
One time, we flew to an airport in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, (in the Allegheny Mountains) where there is a steep drop off at the end of the runway. The pilots were practicing their instrument rating skills but didn't tell me till I got on the plane! After taking off both pilots placed hoods over their heads to block their visual view outside the airplane, forcing them to focus solely on the plane's instrument panel (simulating conditions such as fog when their vision would be greatly impaired).
I could see out from my seat, but certainly I had no control of the flight. Each time I looked toward the front of the plane and saw the pilots in their strange-looking hoods I grew a bit uneasy. I wanted them to see where we were going! It wasn't so bad when we were high in the air, but when we began our descent to the landing strip I couldn't take my eyes off the drop-off at the end! I was so relieved when, just prior to landing, both pilots lifted their hoods and of course we had a safe landing!
Our daily text simply states, "We live by faith, not by sight". Spiritually speaking, you may be going through very thick clouds right now and can't see two feet in front of you. To make things worse you may be experiencing unexpected turbulence. By faith recognize the integrity of God's promises and trust Him who is forever faithful! "God keeps every promise He makes. He is like a shield for all who seek His protection" (Proverbs 30:5).
We can testify to others that we trust God, but we like to see don't we? We like to know what's going on, and we especially like to be in control of our circumstances. Much of the time we believe we really are. We think we have it all figured out. However we must remember the wise proverb, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). Proverbs 16:1 also cautions us, "We may make our plans but God has the last word". (TEV)
God wants each step of our earthly journey to be a step of faith so that our eyes are not focused on the temporal situation but on our eternal God and the continuing work He is doing in our lives. If our physical vision is limited then we will more likely rely on our spiritual vision and see that God providentially allows these foggy periods in our life for His glory and for our eternal good. Just as the fog requires pilots to rely on their instruments rather than their sight, so our trials will cause us to focus on God, our faith in His promises, and our eternal future which is where our focus should be. Let us live by faith and not by sight, especially when we are experiencing sight-limiting fog!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, help us to have the kind of faith prescribed in Hebrews 11:1 where "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see". It is the kind of prevailing faith that is triumphant even in the worst of circumstances because it is not determined by what we see, but rather in Whom we believe. We will not be overcome by life's dark circumstances but we will overcome the darkness by standing on the unflickering hope of Scripture that reassures us, "God keeps every promise He makes, He is like a shield to all who seek His protection". Praise God! Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Christ Our Hope in Life and Death" Video Keith & Kristyn Getty, Matt Papa
Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace, Maryland
The Susquehanna River Rail Bridge in Havre de Grace Maryland
Collie pups on Old Windmill Farm
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