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Summary: Keep submitting to Christ's Lordship, trusting in Him with everything you've got, whether you can see His working or not.

What I See From Down Here

Text: Proverbs 3:5-6

When the Native American outreach team went to Alaska, their only means of getting to remote Eskimo villages was by missionary aircraft. Those pilots were the best! Many days they had to fly through low cloud ceilings and low visibility. On a day like that, the pilots were checking every hour on the weather at origin and at their destination. There was finally a break where they could fly, but it all looked pretty dismal when taking off. The pilot of the plane was instrument-rated, which enabled him to go to a higher altitude. The pilot of the other plane wasn't able to take the high road. So, the lead pilot kept in radio contact with the other pilot, but the two aircaft were seeing two totally different views. From where the other plane was flying, it was dark, it was dismal, and it was very overcast. But the lead plane was above all that, and enjoying a beautiful, sunny day with all those clouds beneath.

When your view is under the clouds, under the weather, everything looks dark and dismal. If you didn't know better, you could assume that the sun was gone. But the view from higher up tells the real story - that the sun is still shining and the clouds aren't nearly as big a deal.

When you have important decisions to make, the view from down below can cause you to make some serious mistakes. God talks about both perspectives in what may be some of the most cherished verses on God's guidance in all the Bible. In fact, I can almost guarantee that these are the favorite verses of someone who's listening. But for all their familiarity, they may be exactly what you need for this time when you really need some guidance.

Proverbs 3:5-6 offers two perspectives: one which leads to right conclusions, and one which leads to wrong conclusions. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight" or, as it says in the King James version "He will direct your paths."

Now, the way to know God's way is to passionately "trust in the Lord." Notice what the opposite of trusting in the Lord is -"leaning on your own understanding." In other words, "This is what looks right from what I can see." But the word "understanding" tells you what's wrong with that. You're standing under the situation; yeah, your under-standing. You're seeing only what you can see from the ground, but that's not the whole picture. With a decision like you may be facing right now, you need over-standing - the view from over the whole situation - the big picture. What may look right from underneath may be an incomplete or distorted perspective.

The enemy of God's will, according to the verses, is "my own understanding." I need to submit that to the view from above - to what God says. And how do you "trust in the Lord with all your heart?" You "acknowledge Him" in all your ways. In other words, you declare many times a day, "Jesus is Lord of this." Like the centurion with the dying servant - the soldier whose faith, the Bible says, amazed Jesus. You say, "Jesus, You have the final say in this situation. I acknowledge Your total authority over what seems so hard and so impossible to me."

And you keep submitting to His Lordship, trusting in Him with everything you've got, whether you can see His working or not. But you refuse to run ahead, to force it, to fix it yourself, or to try to make it happen. Why? Because you have asked your Pilot to let you see what He sees: the big picture view from up above.


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