DayBreaks for 12/14/11 – Go On Not Knowing, Trust #11

DayBreaks for 12/14/11 – Go On Not Knowing, Trust #11

From the DayBreaks Archive, dated 11/22/2001:

Looking to the future with joy...because He Is, and He Knows what awaits!

How will the war on terrorism conclude itself?  Or will it?  I don’t know.  How will I spend the last years of my life?  I don’t know.  How will my children and grandchildren deal with life?  I don’t know.  How will the company that provides me employment do this year?  I don’t know.  Will I someday contract a debilitating or deadly disease?  I don’t know.  Will I ever be able to retire?  I don’t know.  What will we have for dinner next week?  I don’t know.  Will there be a next week?  I don’t know.

I don’t know much, do I?  But I dare say that when you get right down to it, you don’t know those things, either.  Sure, you may think you know what you’re having for dinner next week, but even that is up for grabs.  You may not be here to eat dinner.  You may be eating in the Father’s house before this week is over.  The things we don’t know far outweigh the things that we do know.  And that could lead us to feel very uncomfortable with our lives.  But it shouldn’t.  Not if we know the One who does know!

2 Corinthians 5:7 is a reminder: “We live by faith, not by sight.”  None of us has ever seen heaven.  None of us have ever seen God.  None of us have ever heard the heavenly choir of angels.  None of us have ever met or seen Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Elijah, Moses, David, Peter, Paul or John.  None of us have walked down life’s pathway with clear signposts at every step in every instance that say: “This way to God’s perfect will for your life.”  None of us saw Christ walk through the dusty pathways of Galilee, nor did we see him in the upper room or on the road to Emmaus.  Yet we believe all these things – and that all these people lived and believed in the same God that we do.  We live, we walk, by faith – not by the things we have seen.

Our faith isn’t just that God is there.  That wouldn’t be good enough cause to follow him.  After all, we believe there is a real devil and we don’t follow him.  The difference?  We trust that God is good and that the devil is evil.  We believe in both, but we trust one and not the other because of the evidence of history.  We trust that One wants only what is best, while the other wants to kill.

Perhaps no one said it better than Mary Gardner Brainard:

So I go on, not knowing,
I would not, if I might
I would rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light.
I would rather walk with Him by Faith
Than walk alone by sight.”

I think she captured the essence of trust.  I really don’t think I want to see or know the answers to all the things that I don’t know.  But trust tells me that it is OK not to know and that it is OK not to fear, because the One who knows all has said it will be all right.  What if I should die in a high-jacked airliner, or in a collapsing tower, or via a biological or chemical agent?  It is OK – because “…even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.” 

The Trustworthy One says, “Give me every day of your past, give me your today, give me all your tomorrows – and I will give you My eternity.”   

PRAYER: Thank you for freeing us from the fear of the past, the present and the future!!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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