By Richard Gazowsky
I had just walked into a fast food restaurant to get a soda, when a demon-possessed man was screaming trying to cause confrontation with everyone in the room. As I stood in line he got closer and closer to me, to where his evil loud yelling confusion literally hurt my ears. But the Lord told me to keep on towards my goal ~ which was to get a drink.
Finally, when I blessed the cashier with a happy and pleasant, “God bless you, and may today be your most wonderful day,” the demon-possessed man looked at me and screamed a blasphemy. I just went to the soda machine, got my drink, ignoring him completely, and then headed towards the door. As soon as I reached the door the demon-possessed man fell into a seat and went to sleep.
At the time I was preparing to write this blog, and such a physical visual example occurred right before my eyes. Satan is around you trying to create confusion and noise, but just be still and quiet, and rest in the guidance of the Lord to see you through to your completion.
A short time ago Sunny and I went together to the top of Mount Tamalpais to pray. When we got to the mountaintop it was covered in a deep fog from the clouds that were preparing to send rain upon the Bay Area. Sunny walked over to me in the midst of the thick fog.
“Dad,” he said, “beyond this fog there is a huge vista of San Francisco and the Bay Area laid out before us. But He doesn’t want us to plan because we cannot see. What God is saying to us now is that we must take it one day’s action at a time and only let God determine the future.”
When Sunny spoke those words to me, I knew it was truly an instruction for not only me, but also for all of us. There is much noise and confusion happening in every realm of authority: in the church world, the political world, the business world, and even in our own personal family life.
In the midst of this ball of confusion it is so important that each one of us hear the daily instructions from the voice of God that speaks in our heart. Remember that Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice and another they will not hear.”
The prophet Isaiah saw a day like the one we’re living in, when there would be much trouble. He said these words, “For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder.” At the same time this prophecy is about a battle, it is also about the coming Messiah Jesus.
Everyone of us must realize that in the fog of war we can only take our steps one day at a time, for God does not show us His long term or even short-term plans. Instead, He gives us the plan each day at a time. Jesus told us, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
A few days ago I was talking with a business owner who just signed a contract for distribution to an entire nation. But at the same time there was much confusion and doubt that was trying to cancel the contract. This faithful Christian had to be strong to ensure that the only part of the deal they had to worry about ~ was their signature on the bottom of the page.
Today, in the fog of war, you will take one small step that may lead to the conquering of a nation. But that step must be a step of faith!