When the Fog of Pain Eclipses the Truth of Hope

FogSome of the toughest times we face in life cause us to lose sight of the full truth that God is with us in the storm and is the victor over sin, death, disease, and injustice that cause the storms.

The Battle of Waterloo is one of the most famous battles in history.  It occurred in what is modern day Belgium on June 18, 1815.  It pitted the French army, commanded by Napoleon who had recently escaped from exile, against the Anglo-German-Dutch forces led by the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian forces commanded by Gerhard Blucher.  It was a battle of immense importance and was won by Wellington.

There is an interesting story of how the news about the outcome at Waterloo reached England.  News was carried first by a ship that sailed from Europe across the English Channel to England’s southern coast.  The news was then relayed from the coast by signal flags to London.  When the report was received in London at Winchester Cathedral, the flags atop the cathedral began to spell out Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon to the entire city.  “Wellington defeated…” However, before the message could be completed, a good-old fashioned London fog moved in, and the rest of the message was hidden.

Based on incomplete information, the people of London thought Napoleon had defeated Wellington.  That would have been devastating for England.  Gloom began to fill the nation as the bad news spread quickly everywhere.  But when the fog began to lift, the flags high up Winchester Cathedral completed the news: “Wellington defeated the enemy!” The English fears had been unfounded. Joy immediately replaced the gloom.  All over England people danced in the streets, rejoicing at this great victory over one of the most dangerous enemies England ever faced.

There are times in our lives when we go through storms of pain, disappointment, grief, stress, etc. that leave us in a fog of wondering if we will ever make it through the storm.  We doubt God’s purpose and plan in the storm and may even doubt the existence of God himself.  We are like the disciples on Good Friday night. They went home that evening in despair.  They weren’t focused on the event that would come Sunday.  Jesus’ resurrection was the full story.

Trying times can easily put us in a “fog” that obscures the truth of the total message.  One, if you are a follower of Christ you are never alone.  You have One who has suffered as you have suffered and walks through the storm with you right now.  Isa. 43:2- “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”

Two, always remember that in the end Jesus wins.  Sin, Satan, the forces of evil- the things that cause so much of our pain- will one day be vanquished by Jesus and he will consummate his perfect kingdom on the last day.  The New Testament teaches in many places the fact of Jesus’ victory should be great encouragement for us struggling in the present.  Don’t let the fog of pain today eclipse the glory of your eternity in Christ.

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One Response to “When the Fog of Pain Eclipses the Truth of Hope”

  1. I was given full cause to think about Jesus being with me. It is said so frequently that the full weight of that statement doesn’t always sink in spiritually. When you said to think of Him sitting at the right hand of the Father at this very, very moment praying for ME well, I just can’t begin to describe how much perspective that gave to me. And to think when he prayed for us all in the garden He knew us even then, just like He knows us now. I love the perspective you give to me in your sermons sometimes. Thank you and God bless you Pastor.