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But, I Can’t See……

Being a pastor for over 40 years, I have often had people tell me, “I just can’t see God or sense His presence right now.”  That confession normally is given when a family has gone through a very deep and long valley with illness, family strife, joblessness, problems with teens, or friction with someone that evades all attempts at being resolved.   The frustration of fighting for so long, trying so many ways to bring a settlement, and seeking counsel from the best person one knows and yet, continuing “in conflict” because nothing seems to help the valley get shorter.  We can fight anything for a short burst.  The problem is that we cannot do that for a long time without great physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual detriment.

The story is told about a group of climbers who set out to scale a large mountain in Europe. The view boasted a breathtaking peak of snowcapped rocks. On clear days the crested point reigned as king on the horizon. Its white tip jutted into the blue sky inviting admiration and offering inspiration.

On days like this the hikers made the greatest progress. The peak stood above them like a compelling goal. Eyes were called upward. The walk was brisk. The cooperation was unselfish. Though many, they climbed as one, all looking to the same summit.

Yet on some days the peak of the mountain was hidden from view. The cloud covering would eclipse the crisp blueness with a drab, gray ceiling and block the vision of the mountaintop. On these days the climb became arduous. Eyes were downward and thoughts inward. The goal was forgotten. Tempers were short. Weariness was an uninvited companion. Complaints stung like thorns on the trail.

We’re like that, aren’t we? As long as we can see our dream, as long as our goal is within eyesight, there is no mountain we can’t climb or summit we can’t scale. But take away our vision, block our view of the trail’s end, and the result is as discouraging as the journey.  (GOD CAME NEAR: Chronicles of the Christ (p. 189–190), Max Lucado, Portland, OR, Multnomah Press, 1987).

Who does not have an area of life that appears to be completely resistant to being corrected or changed?  Most of us have more than one area like that.  Several things that may help….

  1. Even when we cannot see God at work in the situation, He is!
  2. The problem that will not give us relief is already under the authority of God.
  3. God has promised “to be with us always”. That is true and it is great news.
  4. When we cannot see God’s face, we know His heart…God is love.
  5. We have many promises that God will see us through…..

Phil.1:6 – I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:37 –“……we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Good news!  Our God is still the Great Sovereign on His throne and victory is already His!