The Lord loves to speak to us, His people!
I was listening to a brother in the faith express his heart and frustration over his circumstances. As we transitioned to prayer, I was given an image from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance and reassurance for him. Yet this message speaks for the Christian community; I believe that this is a timely revelation to how we as His followers should operate in this season.
Here’s what I saw…
I saw a man, alone, outdoors. There was no clear picture of his surroundings since a thick fog shrouded him in all directions. This fog was unlike anything before seen, beyond what the city of London would boast. The man was confused since he could not see where he was. As the man took several steps in one direction, he would stop and immediately question where he was going. He would slightly change courses, pause, and question again… and again… and again. Without realizing it, he made a full circle, back to the start – feeling more frustrated and wearier than when he first began.
This description is the first part of the vision which speaks of the reality Christ-followers are facing. There has been a fog of confusion upon believers affecting their devotion to the Lord. The lack of clarity has increased anxiety in everyday decision-making. Everchanging information has bred mistrust and an overreliance on what others think and propose. This has caused an unusual amount of fear, clouding the mind. With the senses dulled, one cannot see through the thickness of the fog based on their own understanding, no matter what people say to persuade them. The fog represents these unprecedented and uncharted times laid upon us.
Here’s the truth – You will continue to feel lost and directionless if you continue in your own pursuit of what you think is best. Self-reliance is independence from the Lord. Whether it is in strength, intellect, information, or resources, it matters not. The fog will continue to remain. The heightened sense of fear and anxiety naturally leads individuals to grasp for security and comfort. But honing in on the circumstances is fleeting as the fog lingers. Even worse, you will feel the repeated cycle of going in circles feeling lost and bewildered.
Ah, but there is hope! Here’s what I saw next:
I saw this same man instantly receive fresh revelation from the Lord. His countenance changed as he had a delightful resolution on what to do. He stopped walking and began laying down bricks, one on top of another. He persisted and kept building, completely ignoring the fog around him. It was work, as sweat was coming down his forehead. After he laid one layer, he would stand on top of it and build another. This building of bricks continued until it dawned on him – there was no more fog. Without realizing it, the man had built a strong foundation reaching the heights above the lingering fog on the ground. He smiled with inexpressible joy! The man could now see the distance, with clarity, where he was and where he should go next.
The second part of the vision is an invitation – to focus on Christ. This is a time to build your foundation on the Word as the wiseman built his foundation on the rock (Luke 6:46-49). While it is tempting to walk elsewhere to find answers and receive peace, the Lord is instructing you to build upon the truths of His Word and His promises. His Word never fails, and He wants to elevate you beyond what you cannot see! It starts by laying a foundation on Christ and working out your salvation (Philippians 2:12). Despite the disorientation and the distractions, you can start building now! “You yourselves are like living stones being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Peter 1:5).
- As you remain steadfast, you will not be overcome by the confusion of the world because your mind is being constantly renewed. (Romans 12:2)
- You will not operate in fear because you are anchored in Christ and what He says about you. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
- Uncertainty will not endure, and you will be secure! “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
- God has the aerial view of our circumstances when we seem blinded by them. His ways are higher and greater than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
- Keep pressing in to God’s Word – He will raise you up! May the Lord give you spiritual eyes to see as He is not a God of confusion but of peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Here’s the question – Do you want to see clearly in this time of confusion and uncertainty? Now more than ever, it is time to build upon Christ’s Word and seek His wisdom. I want you to have peace, clarity, and strength in these unparalleled times. I’m confident the Lord does too. Keep the faith and keep building.
Have a blessed week!
“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” – James 3:17