HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:” (Hebrews 11:9).
It is faith without sight. When we can see, it is not faith, but reasoning. In crossing the Atlantic from England to St. Vincent and the Grenadines you will observe this very principle of faith. You will see no path upon the sea, nor sign of the shore. And yet day by day you will mark your path upon the chart as exactly as if there had followed us a great chalk line upon the sea. And when you come within miles of land, you know where you were as exactly as if you had seen it all three thousand miles ahead.
How had we measured and marked our course? Day by day our captain had taken his instruments and, looking up to the sky, had fixed his course by the sun. He was sailing by the heavenly, not the earthly lights.
So faith looks up and sails on, by God’s great Sun, not seeing one shoreline or earthly lighthouse or path upon the way. Often its steps seem to lead into utter uncertainty, and even darkness and disaster; but He opens the way, and often makes such midnight hours the very gates of day. Let us go forth this day, not knowing, but trusting.
Too many of us want to see our way through before starting new enterprises. If we could and did, from whence would come to the development of our Christian graces? Faith, hope and love cannot be plucked from trees, like ripe apples. After the words ‘In the beginning’ comes to the word ‘God’! The first step turns the key to God’s power-house, and it is not only true that God helps those who help themselves, but He also helps those who cannot help themselves. You can depend upon Him every time.
“Waiting on God brings us to our journey’s end quicker than our feet.”
The opportunity is often lost by deliberation.