It’s often through the dimly lit doorways of our current situations that God leads us to our true purpose. To live rightly through the twists and difficult turns of life, St. Paul says we need a vision tool called faith.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV) 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
We can make is to decide to live by faith and not by sight.
But how exactly do we do that?
There are three principles that can help us walk by faith, not by sight:
1. A faith journey sometimes begins with a difficult challenge._________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________ * Oftentimes, we are unaware of our need for faith until we face something we can’t control. How did your faith journey begin? What spurred you to take that first step?
2. A faith journey often gets worse before it gets better. _________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________ * The initial feeling of being on God’s path can be euphoric.
Along our faith journey, how did that feeling change or deepen? What challenges have you experienced after taking a step of faith? How did you handle it?
3. A persistent faith is always rewarded by God. _________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________ * Have you ever experienced God’s apparent silence? What purpose do you think it served (or is serving)? How will you choose to view it? Can you give an example of persistence being rewarded?
There are several ways we can live by faith this year:
Believe God when I don’t see it.
Obey God when I don’t understand it.
Give to God when I don’t have it.
Persist with God when I don’t feel like it.
Thank God before I receive it.
Trust God even if I don’t get it.
Walking by faith means living life in light of eternal consequences. To walk by faith is to fear God more than man; to obey the Bible even when it conflicts with man’s commands; to choose righteousness over sin, no matter what the cost; to trust God in every circumstance; and to believe God rewards those who seek Him, regardless of who says otherwise (Hebrews 11:6).
Which of the above ‘resolutions’ is the most difficult for you? Why?