Many of my favorite scriptures are on the faithfulness of God. I have found that there may be times in my life when I doubt particular things but I never doubt His faithfulness to me. 2 Timothy 2:13 declares ‘If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.’
I love that scripture. It assures me in those times when I may feel I haven’t done everything right…my God remains faithful. Why? Because He cannot deny Himself. He loves me so much and He will not fail me simply because He swore by His Word and His own name which is infallible.
Another one of my favorite scriptures is found in Psalm 27:13, ‘I would have lost heart if I had not believed I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.’ I have walked through many, many times when I could have chosen to lose heart, but I didn’t. Why? Because I have come to know His faithfulness and I knew if He was faithful to me in the past, He would remain faithful to me now. I knew if I could hold steady and trust in His Word that I would see His goodness manifested in my life. Often times I felt I was walking in blind faith. What I mean by that is that I was walking on faith alone. Simply trusting that God could not lie and would not fail me. That is not always an easy thing to do, but it can be done. The only way you can walk on faith alone is to trust the author and finisher of your faith, your spotter, Jesus.
You may wonder what I am talking about in a spotter…well; I can’t wait to tell you.
I do not follow sports, I don’t watch football, baseball or racing, however, one Saturday I found myself watching a Nascar race with some other people. I really didn’t understand what was so great about going around and around in circles and I understood even less why anyone would want to watch someone else going around in circles. However, the day was not about me and I have learned, just as I learned that day, if I will listen, God will speak to me, regardless of what I am doing. The revelation He gave me while watching Nascar was amazing, at least to me.
I was watching these guys go in circles, then I noticed one car in particular; he swerved to the right, then to the left and then kept going. I also watched as another car just behind him crashed into a car that had wrecked up ahead. As I was watching this, I asked a question, I said ‘how did the one driver know where to go to avoid that collision?’ I was told, ‘his spotter led him through it.’ That caught my attention.
What I learned is this; because these guys are traveling at a high rate of speed they can’t possibly see everything that is happening up ahead and if they do see it they don’t always have time to react correctly – hence, a spotter.
A spotter is a guy who stands in a building far above all the cars and fans and commotion. From his vantage point, he can see everything that is going on. He can see his driver and the cars ahead and behind him. He sees when someone wrecks up ahead or blows a tire. And when he sees these things, he instructs his driver which way to go to avoid the collision…this keeps him in the race and unharmed.
So then, what happened to the other guy, the one who crashed? Ahhhh…he didn’t heed the instructions of his spotter. He was interviewed afterward and admitted that he didn’t go the way the spotter told him to therefore he moved too late.
A spotter is a very important person, vital to finishing the race. You must trust the spotter…literally with your life. Realistically, whether you finish the race or not, or whether you arrive at the finish line uninjured is resting totally on the relationship between the spotter and the driver.
You see it is the same for us. We are moving at a fast speed, doing the work of the Lord. We can’t always see what is up ahead, sometimes we can’t even see what is about to hit us in the face, but I know someone who can. Jesus, He is our spotter. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, watching over us, warning us, telling us which way to go. Through His Word, through the Holy Spirit and through His voice, He instructs us daily as to what we need to do to avoid crashing and to ultimately finish the race. If we listen and obey, we will avoid the danger ahead. If we ignore His warning, we alone are responsible when we crash or when we fail to make it to the finish line.
Two things to keep in mind. First, you must have a relationship with your spotter. He must know you, how you think and how you react and you must know how to listen to his voice, how to know when to move fast or when to slow down. Secondly, there must be absolute trust between you. You will not have time to question His instruction or His faithfulness to see you through. You must trust when you do not understand why and you must trust when you can’t see what’s ahead. This type of relationship only comes through intimacy. Spending time in one another’s presence and going around many tracks together. You must literally become one, in thought and action.
You see, my friends, our Spotter is watching for us. He is not trying to keep us from winning the race, He is working to get us to the finish line and help us win the race without injury and without delay. When you hear that still small voice prompting you to go a certain direction – don’t ignore Him just because you don’t understand. Perhaps the reason you don’t understand is because you can’t see what is ahead…but He can. Trust Him. Dwell in Him and feed on His faithfulness, He will not fail you and He will not lead you the wrong way…trust Him. Trust Him when He says ‘sow a seed.’ Trust Him when He says ‘don’t go that way.’ Trust Him when He says ‘come this way.’ Trust Him and understand that blind faith isn’t really blind at all – it is simply having faith in the One who is faithful, who will never leave you nor forsake you and who will never, never fail you. I assure you that He is one you can trust, His very name is faithful. He is determined to see you through, to guide you in the way you should go, all the way to the finish line, in Him you will finish the race – trust Him.
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