It’s safe to say that within our lifetime, we will most likely face moments in which our path isn’t clear. Maybe it’s happened to you when you’re driving and suddenly a storm begins and doesn’t let you see the road clearly.
In this time, with everything that’s going on around us, I think that we’re in one of those cloudy patches of life and that’s why this is the perfect time to activate our faith even more.
The Bible declares that the children of God “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV), believing in the perfect work of Jesus Christ and His promises. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
But I think the problem is that we usually make our decisions based on what we see rather than our trust in God.
I want you to ask yourself this question: How confident are you that God has the best solution for your problem?
Regardless of the level of confidence that we have, the only thing that the Lord is asking of us is that we believe him. That is the only part that corresponds to us; the other part we leave to our God.
Faith, speaking in financial terms, is our greatest asset, it is our purchasing power. By faith we agree to God’s promises for us. The Bible tells us of heroes “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions…” (Hebrews 11:33 NIV).
When we have FAITH that God is the only one who can provide for or solve our problem and we take that truth, we value it, and give it the right place in our life, then we will act by faith.
I like how the Bible says that Abraham believed in hope against hope. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’” (Romans 4:18 NLT).
An everyday example of acting in faith is when we go to the bank to deposit our paycheck. At that moment, we have full assurance that when we return to the bank to withdraw that money when we need it, the bank will fully respond and give us our money. In this example, we went to the bank and deposited our money by faith.
In the same way, our walk must be by faith, knowing that we have a faithful Father who has the total and absolute capacity to respond to our situations or needs at the right time.
For this reason, when God told Abraham to go and sacrifice his son Isaac on the mountain, Abraham was certain that his Father was going to provide the ram for the sacrifice as he said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:5 NIV). Here we see God’s response to Abraham’s faith as a ram came out of nowhere at the precise moment for its sacrifice.
“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” Romans 1:17 NIV
The Lord at this time is telling you that even when the path is cloudy on your journey, He is in control and He is watching over your purpose. “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’” (Revelations 21:5 NIV).
And that at the end of our journey, we will be able to say as the Apostle Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (1 Timothy 4:7 NIV).