Invisibly In Place

“And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.” Genesis 1:16

“He is wise in heart and mighty in strength…
    who seals up the stars;
who alone stretched out the heavens…
who made the Bear and Orion,
    the Pleiades and the chambers of the south.” Job 9:4,7-9

“I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…” Psalm 8:3

“He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power.” Psalm 147:4-5

“Praise him, all you shining stars!..
    For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever.” Psalm 148:3,5-6

“By him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,.. —all things were created through him and for him… and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

“He upholds the universe by the word of his power.” Hebrews 1:3

The early sky is flocked with gray, a monochromatic scape of ambling irregular tufts. An occasional star pokes a bright dot in the vast pale, while its constellation companions are hidden behind the brightening morning, tricking the eye from a set perspective. Though they are momentarily invisible, I know they are there, holding name and position, because the Word says so.

In the same way, God holds our lives. He knows us by name, orders our place, and perfectly sustains us within His purpose. Yet there are times, and even long seasons, when we feel abandoned, suspended, groundless, directionless, and therefore unsettled. We can’t see companion lights around us confirming our position or completing our ‘pattern,’ nor sense clear direction for moving clouds that obscure and confuse. Where is the rising sun, my vantage point for direction? In these uncertain breezes and bleak light, we are called to trust His unshakable plans and rest in His sustaining power. (Psalm 55:22; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 43:1; John 20:29; Acts 17:26)

“The Lord of hosts has sworn:
‘As I have planned,
    so shall it be,
and as I have purposed,
    so shall it stand.'” Isaiah 14:24

Where has the loving Lord ordered uncertain circumstances to develop our dependence on Him and His promises? Where need we exchange fretting for faith, frenzy for fixed, full confidence in His design and timing for every divine intention? Would we ask Him to help us believe His sovereign hand is at work, even when we cannot trace its path? (Hebrews 11:1,6)

God orders our ways, and understands every turn of listless focus, loneliness, and longing. His plans for us are good, redemptive, fulfilling, and life-giving. He’s working toward gold, fruitfulness, and flourishing. Will we trust Him? “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Will we keep shining His light even in uncertainty, receive its cheer and follow its beam in faith that He goes before us and is working all for our good? Job 23:10; 42:2; Isaiah 14:24; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28)

Lord, help me see with eyes of faith, to trust Your vision when all to me is invisible. Great is Your faithfulness, and great Your goodness, power, and glory.

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