Thick Fog, Keep Walking

It’s easy to trust the seen people of this world. You can feel, touch, hear and, in some cases not always a good thing, smell them. It’s harder to trust in the unseen God, but not difficult to model His character.

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Being a child of God is not easy.  There are days when you have absolutely no clue what is going on and the only thing you have to go on is faith in Him.  Sometimes you end up going through the same things because you are unwittingly repeating a pattern of behavior and He is trying to correct that behavior.  In meteorological terms, it’s like you are walking through a fog and the only thing you have to go on is faith in Him.

Job 23:10-12

10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.  11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.
For those who don’t recall, the book of Job occurred in the midst of the events of the book of Genesis.  Job was righteous and an all around good guy.  Satan thought he could make Job deny God, God said go for it, Satan did and like usual, Satan lost.  The worst thing that Job did during the time of testing, which God called him out on, was to question why.
I can’t reiterate enough how important it is to trust God.  If you read the Scriptures for today, God knows the path before us.  He laid it out.  So He already knows where the foggy times are and He’s prepped and ready to get us through them.  He knows when we are going to stumble and He’s ready to pick us up by the hand and pull us up out of them.  It’s easy to question why when we don’t trust Him.  It’s also easy to go our own way when the going gets tough.
It’s easy to trust the seen people of this world.  You can feel, touch, hear and, in some cases not always a good thing, smell them.  It’s harder to trust in the unseen God, but not difficult to model His character.  See He can be trusted to get us through every trial and test He devises.  Let me ask you this, are you like that?  Can you be depended on to get someone through a fog?  Can someone call on you and say, “Hey, I need help,” and you can do it?  I do try and make every attempt to be that person, but I don’t make a commitment to someone unless I know I can keep it.  We, as Christians, need to strive to model God’s character in dependability.  We also need to depend on Him when we ourselves are going through things and not go our own way.  These two things not only show the world His character, but His very existence.

The Aftermath

Maybe you have a day, a week or a month with nothing happening, no trials, no tribulations or stresses. When those times come along, we need to thank Him then, not for getting us through the trouble, but for this time of peace and rest.

If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you will have read where I write to not only give God thanks for blessings, but also during trials.  One of the reasons I say to give thanks during trials is because those trials are being used to build us and draw us closer to Him.  And one of the things we shouldn’t forget is to thank God in the aftermath of trials for getting us through them.

Psalm 107:1-2

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
I will be the first one to says it, trials, tribulations, normal life stuff that stresses us out, stink.  They are not fun, take us out of our comfort zone and generally make us have a bad time period.  It doesn’t help any that during those trials we sometimes end up feeling like God isn’t listening or hearing our prayers, so we don’t feel close to Him.  Note the word I used there…we don’t feel close to Him.
Keep in mind, trials are just difficulties thrown at us by the enemy to get us off our game.  He wants us to start to despair, to stop relying on and praying to God.  And inevitably, God gets us through it.  But the focus today is the aftermath.  That period of peace that follows after a trial is amazing.  Maybe you have a day, a week or a month with nothing happening, no trials, no tribulations or stresses.  When those times come along, we need to thank Him then, not for getting us through the trouble, but for this time of peace and rest.
Alright readers, I’ve got a secret…you ready?  I don’t like trials.  Sometimes there are times where so many stressful things occur in such a short time period, I wonder if they will ever stop coming.  But God promises He will get us through them.  He’s gotten me through them.  He’ll get you through them and we all need to trust in Him.  But now I challenge you, since He didn’t forget you, don’t forget Him during the aftermath.  Don’t forget to thank Him and praise Him for sticking with you during that rough patch.