…he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth… 2 Samuel 23:4
Encourage one another… 1 Thess 5:11
In my devotions this morning, I found this:
“Fog in one’s spiritual life need be no more lasting than that in nature. ‘It will burn off before long.’” Maltbie Davenport Babcock, Thoughts for Everyday Living.
This quote reminded me of a conversation I had recently with some of my fellows. We were talking about the assurance of salvation, when I shared my experience that time and maturity had helped me set aside fears that I might be disqualified for “the race” at the end of my days. I was talking, of course, about my fears that I might somehow lose my ability to feel secure in Christ before I came to the end of my time on earth. We’d been discussing Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, and the strong reference he makes to “reprobate” in the King James version of the Bible when closing out his letter. Oddly enough, Paul was directing the saints at Corinth to encourage one another in their faith (and particularly in their distress), when he penned those words. Paul knew the church at Corinth had false teachers–wolves in sheep clothing–among them, and that those false teachers were stirring up confusion, doubt, speculation about the validity of the gospel Paul preached, and fear concerning the spiritual journey of anyone who didn’t think they way they thought.
Note: They thought wrong.
Wolves always breed fear in the hearts of grazing sheep.
Today, if you’re working out your salvation with fear and trembling, and wondering whether you have what it takes to make it over that finish line without being disqualified, know, you’re in good company. Paul voiced the same concerns for himself in his epistle writings. Fears have a tendency to drift in like thick fog over our path, and there’s not much we can do about that, but like fog that is lifted when the sun comes out, God’s only Son calms our fears.
When we lean into Jesus and trust him wholly our fears begin to melt away, like morning fog over the river banks. Soon, we see clearly once more.
Are you worried today about the fog that has drifted into your life? Do you question whether you’re thinking right, or making the right decisions? Are you wondering whether you’re doing enough for God, or hitting the right notes in your relationships with others? I have found that prayer and meditation helps me to consciously connect with God in my own life, and opens me to the power of a clear sky. Ask Jesus to shine on you today, so as to bring clarity, assurance, understanding and confidence your way.
Ask Him to dry your tears and erase all fear.
Most of all, praise Him for the work he’s doing in your life right now, and the lives of those you love.
Salvation comes of relationship with Jesus, so stay close, stay open, stay teachable and grow in the love of the Lord, as much as it is in you to do these things. Salvation remains with those who remain with Jesus through the ups and downs of live.
Remember: Our God is full of compassion and long on mercy, and salvation is found in Him alone. Praise Him for clearing on the foggy days. He’s good, all the time!