In the last few weeks I have taken some time to reflect over the relationships that I have been given. People that have been placed in my life by means of genetics, preference, or circumstance and to what extent we impact each other’s life for good, or for naught. The fact that God spoke to me of my wasting impactful time on many occasion was deafening. So many opportunities and so little effort placed. Still, with grace and fresh mercies, we are given new occasions in which we can connect and talk of good things.
That is why I decided to start a blog. To have place where we can talk, listen, discuss, and even debate those things of God and His world. To clear away the fog of distance, shyness, busyness, and time, and have the freedom of coming together, each at our own time and in our own way.
I am not a fan of fog. I acknowledged that one day last winter when I drove home through fog so thick you couldn’t see the front of your car. There were wrecks everywhere and I remember praying simply for God to just blow it away. I thought about how faith is the opposite of fog. Fog causes blind fear and trepidation with an acute awareness of your solitude and lack of control. On the other hand is faith, that indiscernible trust and hope, yet not without the assurance that you are never alone and beyond the reach of God’s power. I am not a fan of fog; I am a fan of faith – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrew 11:1 NIV)”
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17 ESV)” I love how the Message interprets this passage – “The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.” In a nutshell, your faith is incapable of deepening unless you are spending time in the Bible – listening, reading, studying, discussing, etc. Don’t allow a lack of understanding or spiritually dry times to keep you from His Word – stay in it, nourishing your soul as you do your body. Just like we don’t always see the results of good nutrition right away, we may not recognize how our faith is growing…you must simply believe, which is one of your first steps of faith in the sanctifying work of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 (NIV) “…The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”But we have the mind of Christ.”
Faithfully blowing the fog away,