I said in my last post that there is strong evidence of real faith any time we lose faith at the very point where we violate our own conscience. While this is a clear signal intended to guide us that life is no longer working, we can be quite good at ignoring or avoiding this signal.
By ignoring God’s signal, we separate our heart and mind from the safe foundation upon which our faith is established and maintained. We are on our own. No wonder those who tread this road report a sudden spiritual dizziness – a haze sets in and they begin to feel uncertain about everything.
When John F. Kennedy, Jr. took off from New York for Martha’s Vineyard in July 1999, he was a licensed pilot but not certified for “instrument-only” flying. Having flown a small plane with a helmet designed to limit your sight to the instrument panel, I can say that it was quite unnerving to trust the instrument readings rather than depend on my eyesight.
The trouble is that eyesight is no good when there is haze. Ultimately, Kennedy, his wife and sister-in-law died not from a failure of the plane to operate but due to spatial disorientation that caused Kennedy to guide the plane into a fatal stall.
Similarly, when we abandon God’s instrument panel for our own eyesight, you can bet that haze and spiritual disorientation will soon entrap us. You find it hard to move forward but you don’t know how to get back to where you were. Soon, you are in a stall and utterly disabled from knowing what to do.
Join me tomorrow and we will look at how Jesus engages those caught in a fading faith.
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