The Eternal Lord is my strength: he gave me feet like a deer; he will lead me on my high places. Habakkuk 3:19
“Perception is reality,” some say. But this isn’t true, ever. For example, circumstantial evidence is unconvincing in a court of law because it does not adequately represent reality. When we trust only what we can perceive, our hope for the future rests on a weak, if not non-existent, foundation. When the strength of our resolve grows only from our perception of the circumstances of our lives, our hearts melt and our hands fail. Elisha’s servant quailed because he could not see the armies of God surrounding him. Even though we don’t usually have Elishas to facilitate this vision; nor does God often reveal his behind the scenes work to us as he did to Habakkuk; his presence is real. No one has ever seen God, but by his eternal wisdom and power, he is the I AM. His eyes roam to and fro throughout the earth that he might strongly support those whose hearts are completely his. Regardless of what difficult paths lay ahead; of what obstacles we may encounter; of what traps the enemy lays; God will dispense mercy and timely grace to us because of Jesus. Whether we need to leap a tall building in a single bound, or merely walk through the door after an exhausting day, if we seek his strength, remembering his wonderful deeds—capped by the resurrection—we can move forward with courage and certainty.
Glorious Lord, grant me a clear picture of your past so I can live by faith in future grace while the light is dim.