One of the first things I was taught when learning to drive was that it was essential to be more cautious when driving at night. If you’ve counted enough birthdays you may remember when “quad headlights” became the standard on new cars – four headlights instead of the typical two. Of course, the idea was to have more light in order to drive more safely at night.
Limited ability to see at night is almost like an illustration of our complete inability to see the future. Oh, we consider many factors to attempt an informed anticipation of tomorrow or next week or beyond – but we’re just guessing.
Sometimes, as people of Faith, we are given to compartmentalize our thinking and feeling about daily life. One “compartment” is directly connected to our freedom from sin’s condemnation. Our Lord’s words of both guidance and forgiveness are absolute proof of that freedom.
The Apostle John quoted Jesus:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Because of God’s love, because of His grace and mercy, we have the absolute certainty of eternal life in heaven with our Lord and Savior. We hold this through the gift of Faith.
Dear Christian friends, both our eternity in heaven and the daily, moment-by-moment assurance of God in our lives is His loving gift.
He never wavers. He never backs off to leave us to our own devices. Because we know Him through Faith, we are also given to trust Him when our limited (or non-existent) ability to see the resolution of a difficulty or the unfolding of tomorrow could be a stumbling block.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the joy of You in our lives here and now and for the joy of the eternal day to come. As You walk with each of us, hour by hour and day by day, bless us with increasing trust in Your perfect Love and Will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!