While living in Colorado Springs we’d go to the mountains to see the wonder and beauty of God’s creation. My enjoyment of the majestic Rockies began after the car was parked. While driving, I suffered from ‘white knuckle’ syndrome as we travelled the twists and turns of the mountain roads. In my mind, I knew that my traffic lane was wide enough for my car. I knew that if I stayed in my lane I wasn’t going to fly off the side of the mountain. I knew that untold thousands of other vehicles had traversed this very same highway safely. I knew that I could trust the surveyors, engineers, highway construction workers, and those who maintained the roads to keep me safe. In my mind, I knew these things. But as I drove, I gripped the steering wheel as tightly as I could, hence the white knuckles. There was a part of my mind that got the best of me as I imagined all that could go wrong and how bad things could be. I had to trust those who built and maintained the highway to get to my destination.
Those mountain roads came to mind as I listened to a sermon Mark Dever preached from Revelation 4-5. Dever referred to Romans 8:28-32 (…all things work together for good….) saying, “Trust God with the twists and turns of your life, your family, your career. Don’t say that you’ll only trust Him with the straight and easy times. What does that mean? You trust Him exactly with the twists and turns you don’t understand.”
I need to give more than lip service to Romans 8:28-32. In the twists and turns of my life God gives me opportunities to reinforce my faith while demonstrating my belief in God’s Word and His plan for my life. I get to trust God. I get to demonstrate to myself and others that regardless of what roads I travel in life, His path for me is the best way to go. As Dever puts it, what good is my faith if I only trust Him when things are smooth, straight, and I can see how ‘easy’ the road ahead is?
I don’t know what lies beyond the twists and turns ahead. (And just in case you haven’t caught on, you don’t know where your twists and turns are going to take you.) What I know, in increasing measure, is that God knows and He has provided the way for me to give Him glory and arrive at my destination with a gracious ‘well done.’ I pray that God will give me the faith and determination to trust Him more every day. In so doing, I will look forward to arriving at my destination while marveling in the journey every day with my God.
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