I know that goes without saying. It’s “Captain Obvious” obvious. The sun is out every day, even when there’s clouds. Any elementary school child knows this. As believers, however, we often put more faith in the reliability of the sun than we do in the reliability of God. We have a head knowledge of His faithfulness, but our heart does not always come along for the ride. Life brings just a few clouds our way and we begin to wonder: “Where’s God?”
Part of our struggle, of course, is that we are spiritual beings trapped inside physical bodies. The physical world is what we know and interact with. Relying on God solely on the basis of faith is not natural to us.
“God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
We must worship God in spirit and in truth because God’s truth is what informs our spirit about Who our God is.
When the Syrians threatened to overrun Israel in 1 Kings 20:28, they made a critical error about the nature of God because they lacked the truth about Him. They said, “The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys.” They assumed that the power of Israel’s God was limited to specific locales, just like their gods were. So, they determined to draw Israel out into the valleys where Israel’s God could not reach, or so they thought. They found out on the day of battle how wrong they were:
“Then on the seventh day the battle was joined. And the people of Israel struck down of the Syrians 100,000 foot soldiers in one day” (1 Kings 20:29b, ESV).
Like the Syrians, we can imagine a God of limited power by ignorance of the truth and that can cost us. A limited understanding of Who our God is can cause us to lose faith. It can make us draw false conclusions about God’s goodness to us.
Blessings and trials will come. Through them all God does not send us, He goes with us, and through them all, God’s intentions are the same:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s actions in our lives can be boiled down to one key objective: greater Christlikeness. When He chastises us, it’s never for destruction, it’s always for reconciliation. When He tests – and when He blesses – us, it’s for growth. God’s work in our lives is always moving us toward a positive outcome, even when that path is through overcast times. Spiritually speaking, as long as God is, the sun will come out tomorrow.
(Shout out to Beauty Beyond Bones for getting that song stuck in my head! See Come What May.)
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