2007-12-19 - You Lead Us Out of Nowhere
1 John 5:4, "This is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith."
A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting some members of the church - and after chatting and reading some Scripture, we prayed together. I enjoy these times of fellowship with people in the church. They can often be the highlights of the week. On this particular occasion, the woman of the house was praying, and as part of her prayer she uttered the line, "You lead us out of nowhere." I wrote it down. I had to think about that one. I did think about it, and even asked her about it a few days later, when I was visiting again.
I thought I would take her by surprise when I asked her about it, but she took me by surprise, when she knew exactly what I was referencing - and had an excellent explanation for the phrase. She described the feeling we all have sometimes, when we are in a position or situation where we at our wits' end. We are left speechless, amazed, puzzled, even mystified - and we simply do not know what to do, what not to do, nor what we will do. We are nowhere. We have all been nowhere. She said that throughout her life, it has been her experience that when she finds herself in that "nowhere" place, "God fixes it." He has always led her out of nowhere, and has always steered her in His way. This is great wisdom. This is a confident trust that comes only from having trusted the Lord, and having seen His sovereign, loving care prevail over our perplexities, time and time again. It is something for us all to cultivate deeper into our lives - and to practice.
Our faith is something that we continue to grow in, as we progress in the Christian life. We come to God in initial faith, by trusting in His promised grace and forgiveness of sin, in Christ's atonement on the cross. But that is only the start of faith. Faith grows, and as it matures, we realize that faith involves a self-surrender of everything to the Lord. Our faith helps to calm our fears, and leads us to cling to the source of all our temporal and spiritual benefits. Faith brings us out of nowhere - and lets us see our way. We don't place our dependence in ourselves. We learn by experience that this never accomplishes what we are seeking. It is only when we look outside of ourselves, to the Lord, that our power ends and God's power takes its proper place of supremacy. "We live by faith," 2 Corinthians 5:7. This is true of the follower of Christ. He/she lives by faith, and it is part of the experience of a Child of God to grow in our living by faith. The more we grow in faith, the greater will be our experience of the Lord in our lives. Let us strive to be able to say with Paul, "The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God," Galatians 2:20.
Soli Deo Gloria,