“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen,” ~Jude :24
Caught in a sudden, severe thunderstorm, I cautiously picked my way along a major interstate. We were just 45 minutes away from our destination, and yet, visibility was next to nothing.
I hugged the interstate shoulder and tried to keep the rear tail lights of the car directly ahead of me in view.
I thank God that I wasn’t at the front of the line. I simply followed the leader, and fortunately for me, the leader happened to be an excellent driver.
Yup, who you follow is vitally important.
Fortunately, on that stormy day, the tail lights I followed proved reliable. And I took the first exit to a small coffee shop to wait out the storm.
Looking back on that day, I can’t help but see a life parallel.
Without a doubt, when thunder roars, you and I can trust Abba’s tail lights. His truth shines, (Psalm 119:105). Grace filters through the fog like a brilliant flood light.
Just as Jeremiah wept for his people, Israel, when they faced tidal waves, floundered upon the sea or even lost their spiritual compass, Abba also weeps with compassion when you and I navigate life’s inevitable storms.
And this tenderness drives our loving, heavenly Father to sound the warning bell. In times of great peril, God calls to His beloved children.
Like flashing tail lights or a lighthouse in a storm, our heavenly Father both warns and comforts.
In fact, the light shines even as the fog horn sounds. The fog horn bellows soulfully, and light redirects steadily.
Good news, bad news…
“The storm rages, but I am here,” Abba gently reminds us.
Life’s seas beat hard upon the prow; even so, our Savior calls out, ‘Follow me.’
Friday brought the cross; Sunday proclaimed the resurrection. Bad news, good news.
Indeed, when darkness boasts and fog threatens, God’s grace shines brightest.
As I study the Old Testament prophets, it becomes clear to me that Abba’s warnings are nearly always followed by a comforting promise.
Jeremiah said, “Cursed is the one…who depends on flesh for his strength… But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him,” (Jeremiah 17:7).
Yes, in this world there is trouble. We have been fairly warned.
But our loving, compassionate and gracious God also encourages us, “But take heart! I have overcome the world,”(John 16:33)