Recently in southern Louisiana, we’ve had a lot of cloudy days. On those gloomy days, I’m encouraged by reminding myself that no matter how things appear, the sun is still shining.
Think about it. The sun is always shining. Even when we can’t see it, it’s shining. Even when we can’t feel it, it’s warm somewhere. The sun is always working. It never takes a day off.
The clouds may hide the sun or, depending on where we are in the cycle of rotation around the sun, we may not feel its warmth as much, but it’s always there. That is so encouraging to me.
Just as the sun is always present and working, holding the solar systems together; providing life-giving light, heat, and energy [nationalgeographic.com], so is our heavenly Father.
Sometimes it may seem as though God is nowhere to be found because we can’t see Him working or feel His presence. The clouds of gloomy situations may be blocking our view of Him. But we can be assured that He is there and He is working. He is always working.
John 5:17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
When I can’t see the sun, I know it’s there because I have faith that it’s there. I’ve seen it before and I’ve felt it’s warmth on my skin. I’ve studied and read about all the amazing things the sun does. I’ve seen the results of the sun when looking at a beautiful flower, a tall tree, or my reddened skin.
Likewise, when I can’t see God working in my present situation or feel His presence, I have faith that He is with me and working things out for my good and for His glory.
Why do I have faith? Because I’ve experienced Him working in my life and circumstances. I read and study His word. I see throughout His word that what He said He would do He has done and what He said would happen has happened.
I’ve seen the results of God working and felt His presence in my own life when I was healed or my prayers were answered. When my children were born. When He provided for me and my family.
I’ve seen God working in the life of a family member, setting them free from addiction and a life of crime. He’s changed my own heart, mind, and attitudes.
I see God working when He takes my brokenness and uses it to encourage and help others that are also broken. I felt Him working when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and should have been afraid, sad, and angry but instead I was joyful, hopeful, and at peace.
No one can tell me that God is not with me and working in my situations. His word says He’s working, I’ve experienced Him working, and felt Him working. I’m convinced! I believe!
God works in ways we don’t understand. We don’t always immediately see what He’s up to but when we finally do it’s always amazing.
Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”
What cloudy situation is blocking your view of God today? The loss of a job, loss of a loved one, poor health, loneliness, financial needs?
Just as the sun is always shining and doing its job, God is always working no matter what we see or how we feel. We only need to see Him with our eyes of faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Our faith in God grows as we get to know Him. We get to know God by reading and studying His word, spending time with Him in prayer, and worshiping and praising Him. It’s like any relationship, the better we get to know a person, the more we trust them and believe them.
Let’s ask the Lord to open our eyes of faith today. Let’s ask Him to show us who He is, what He’s done in His word, and remind us of all He’s done in our own lives.
Let’s get to know God so we can trust Him. Let’s choose to believe He is always working for our good and His glory no matter what we see or feel.
Just as the sun is always shining, God is always working.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.