Lifting the Fog

We heard the tragic news of the Poland’s presidential plane crash. He, and many high ranking officials in Poland’s leadership, perished in the debacle. News Services states that “the plane ran aground in thick fog.” In fact, the control tower warned them numerous times not to land since they were flying lower than the reasonable level for a safe landing. The fog literally disoriented them and clouded their vision so that they were unable to land safely.

We often live in a fog too. No generation of people have ever dealt with the magnitude of stimuli that we do today — cell phones, high-speed internet with Google, Yahoo, and Bing. We are inundated with newspapers, news magazines, and news broadcasts. We are shaped by the media of our culture infusing us with messages that are often directly contrary to the teachings of Jesus. Our hurried and harried pace of life exhausts us and leaves us running on fumes. And then there are “opportunities” for sports (for our children for sure!), entertainment, toys, and endless treasures.

In the midst of this mountain of stuff going on in our lives, scripture warns, “But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 11:3. In a world of chaos and confusion, when we’re frantic and living in the fog, God longs for us to experience “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” This is refreshing!

Jesus made it simple too. When asked by a law-abiding Pharisee what the greatest law of all might be, Jesus lifted the fog with His compelling statement, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your ┬ámind.”

Love God. Just do that. More than anything, let this be your focus, passion, purpose, and plan. Let the Word of Jesus and the wind of the Spirit lift the fog of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos. Don’t crash and burn. Just love God. Do this one thing…