Easier said than done. Walking by faith is not something I’ve mastered… not by a long shot. But it is an area that I’m growing in. It can be frustrating at times when life doesn’t seem to make sense. But successfully trusting God has everything to do with making an intentional decision and nothing to do with temporary, unreliable emotions. Trusting God means that even though I don’t quite understand everything that’s going on in my life right now, I’ve decided to rely on God and His goodness, and believe that He is with me and has already worked everything out. Again, easier said than done.
I’ve had questions like, Lord, I have faithfully paid my tithes for years. I’ve tried my best to be responsible with saving and managing money. So why am I struggling financially, with $0 in my checking account? I’m graduating in a few months and I’ve applied for 22 different jobs, so why haven’t I been hired yet? Then I remember Philippians 4:19 that says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” And Psalm 37:25 which says, “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”
Or, God I have an actual relationship with you and I’m doing things the right way. I’ve spent time preparing, praying, and pouring into others, so where’s the Godly husband that you promised me? I’m reminded in Isaiah 55:9 that His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. So it’s impossible for me to be able to fully comprehend His plans, His timing, and His reasoning. But I know that as I continue to delight myself in Him, He will give me the desires of my heart, according to His will (Psalm 37:4).
God’s love for us is not dependent on what we’ve done or what we have. His love for us is perfect and consistent. Being that this life is temporary and we are each called to do amazing things, we cannot become solely focused on those things that will perish. When all you see is your circumstances, it can be so easy to focus on that and allow fear and anxiety to become a distraction. Worrying about how God will provide, when things will come together, or why things aren’t working out… shifts your attention away from the purpose and assignment that God has placed in front of you, in this season.
Walking by faith doesn’t feel good. It’s more comfortable to sulk and worry, than to stand tall and believe. It’s more familiar to complain or find reasons as to why it’ll never happen. And it’s so tempting to just give up. But what good would that do? The process of walking by faith strengthens us and it brings us closer to God. I know that it’s frustrating to not have all of the answers or to not yet have the things that your heart has been longing for, whatever that may be. I’ve wasted time and energy being worried about the future and how everything will work out. But there’s something amazing about the peace God provides. And although the situation may not change immediately, we can always find hope in God’s promises.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
Recently, all I had to give in church was $2. It wasn’t much at all, obviously. And it could have been used for food that week, or for gas. I had so many practical needs at the time, but I decided to give an offering anyway. See, in my mind, “my” finances aren’t really my finances. They’re God’s finances; He blesses me with what I need and it is my job to manage those finances well. So why not give that $2 to God? I haven’t missed a meal, my car is still running, and I still have clothes.
Initially, I wanted to hold on to that $2. But something was stirred inside of me to walk by faith, even though I didn’t understand. And instead of feeling worried or stressed, I felt peace. I knew that God would continue to provide for me, and I felt honored to pour into His Kingdom. Our church is very big on missions and serving those in need. Even though all I had was $2, it was still a seed that was planted, that will bless someone else.
Walking by faith doesn’t mean that you have it all figured out, or even that you feel good about what’s going on in your life. Some seasons in life are incredibly hard. But walking by faith means that you keep going because you trust God and since His love for you is not conditional, then your love for Him and your walk with Him will not be conditional either. Walking by faith is a lifelong journey. It’s what we’ve been called to as Christians. It brings us closer to our Creator, and we get the chance to see His mighty works first hand. God brings us peace when we take our eyes off of our situation, and turn our focus to God. This life is so temporary; we’re only passing through for a short time. When it doesn’t make sense, keep believing, keep pushing, and keep loving.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”