Placing Our Trust in the Unseen
- Thursday, July 02, 2009
Journey back to 1935, discover ominous ruins deep in the dense jungles of India's Lost Delta, board a rugged troop transport, and enter the legendary Temple of the Forbidden Eye in search of unimaginable rewards.
This is the prologue to the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland in Southern California. The ride touts, “the adventure is almost never exactly the same twice, including three potential rewards: earthly riches, eternal youth and future knowledge.” (Isn’t this what we are all told to strive for in life?)
The trip takes you on an unknown path through caverns, tenuous crossings, explosions, deadly creatures, and into the path of menacing obstacles. The experience is never quite the same as a result of computer generated options that provide and control the different possible outcomes.
At times, my life feels like that ride—making my way through the ups and downs, trying to avoid pitfalls and obstructions, lacking control in search of a final reward. Instead of my adventure being controlled by a computer or, in some cases, my own efforts, I recognize it is held in the hand of my Creator.
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
However, in this day and age where we have unbridled access to endless information instantaneously, it becomes easier to place more emphasis on what we see, what we know, and what we can understand, than on having faith and trusting the Lord.
Seeing Is Deceiving
Oftentimes, what we see can be deceiving. After feeding thousands, Jesus sends his followers ahead in a boat. He later walks out on the water to join them.
Jesus quickly spoke to them, “Have courage! It is I. Do you not be afraid.” Peter said, “Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come” (Matthew 14:27-29).
Peter did as Jesus commanded, yet when he saw the winds and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).
My “faith-meter” is sometimes dependent upon how I see my situation. When things look like they are going along as I plan and as I want, my faith is strong. However, when things look adverse my faith occasionally waivers. The Bible makes it clear what true faith is.
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).
Every day we face many unknowns. We try to minimize the obstacles and pitfalls in our life, but in the end we don’t have full, if any, control. Our faith should not be dependent upon how we see our situation, rather trusting in the one who is in control. That is why Jesus tells us to have courage, not be afraid, and to come to Him.
Knowing Takes Patience
Even if we have clearly heard and know the plan God has for our lives, sometimes our own lack of patience gets in the way. This was the case with Abram and Sarai.
“You will have a son of your own who will inherit what you have.” Abram believed the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith, and that faith made him right with God (Genesis 15:4, 6).
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