To walk by faith

Dear friends

How have you been?

Me, I am not sure to be honest….

It’s been a strange year.

And the scripture that says we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) has been on my mind.

This is because from my experience, GOD will not reveal the entire path to us when HE is taking us somewhere – normally it would be somewhere closer to our calling, to our purpose or even closer to our answered prayers.

What HE will do is HE will only reveal the next step.

And then, even though we may be following HIS instructions to a T, there will come a point when we are finding ourselves in a position where we seem further away from our destination than ever before. In other words, in the middle of the journey, it often looks as if we are lost or as if we have completely taken off in the wrong direction.

If we were able to see the destination and if we were walking in a straight line towards it, we wouldn’t need any faith to get there, now, would we?

As it states in Hebrews 11:

Hebrews 11: 1-3
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

The way I understand it is that GOD wants us to have faith and not take the direct and straight path, HE is normally also not taking us along “the scenic route”, but HE will lead us through trials, tests and detours in order to strengthen our faith.

My situation currently is that I feel as if I am finding myself in the middle of the desert, like the Israelites when they traveled through the wilderness for 40 years when a direct journey to the promised land would have only taken them a few weeks.

Not sure what my assignment is currently, not sure how I got there, not sure what to do or where to go next – as if I am waiting for the bus to come and pick me up and take me somewhere else…

However, I have been following GOD’s instructions.

There is nothing I have missed.

Not one of them.

Still, it looks as if I have definitely missed my destination – in fact, not just one, ALL of them.

And yet, I am at peace.

Landed and stranded in the wilderness, however, at peace, because I know GOD’s “got me”.

I will be where HE wants me to be eventually and along the way there, I will (have to) learn things I will need to learn so that I will be able to deal with the tasks and purpose GOD has for me.

And I also know there is nothing I can do about it.

Am I always enjoying the “not so scenic route”?

No.

Would I rather go directly to what I believe my destinations are?

Absolutely.

But then again, I am perfectly aware that I am not in control of anything.
I believe control is even an illusion.
There is no such thing as us being in control of our lives – at least that’s what I believe…. we can think we have it all figured out and then the next day, something unexpected happens and we are completely clueless or even powerless…. there is only ONE PERSON who is in control of everything:

GOD.

And even if we don’t like the route he sends us on, who are we to argue with HIS plans for us?

Are we going to be prideful like satan and take our lives in our own hands?

Do we even believe we could do anything without GOD allowing it?

Me, I don’t.

And I am also perfectly aware that I have made some very poor choices in the past regarding all areas of my life – so I might as well let THE ONE who knows everything decide what I should do, where I should go….mightn’t I?

I am at this point where I am not “clued in” into my own life.

It is not pleasant to feel like that.

At the same time, there is also some relief in it as well, as strange as it may sound.

If in the past, when I made my own decisions and figured it all out by myself, things didn’t turn out to go well, perhaps it is the only way when they possibly could?

To let go and let GOD?

Many people are recommending it…..

Me, I have gone too far to turn back now.

There seems to be no turn I could take which could make any sense….. so I will indeed continue to let GOD show me what to do, where to go, even if it makes no sense to me, I will do it….. and if I don’t like the way I feel along the way, I will tell HIM, I will discuss it with HIM, will ask what I need to learn, what I need to let go of, what I need to change about myself in order to become more like HE wants me to be………

How about you my friend?
Have you been led by GOD at some point in your life?
Has it even looked as if HE let you astray or into a cul-de-sac?
What did you do?
How did things turn out?
Looking forward to learn about your experiences.

I hope and pray that this will inspire, encourage, heal and bless you. And that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life; that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.

6 thoughts on “To walk by faith

  1. Boy can I relate to this.
    Just remember this precious sister. Prayer, patience, faith and obedience is the foundation of of every Christian.
    Just remember this as well, Jesus loves you, Jesus cares. Jesus is always there. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Everything you are going through, He has gone through it as well. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah

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    1. This is encouraging and true, my dear brother, I am aware that everyone of us must go through this – it doesn’t make it easier, but a bit easier to bear to know that I am not alone. Thank you SO much for sharing and GOD bless you!!!

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  2. May God keep you in his loving care❤️

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.

    Have a blessed and joyful Christmas.

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    1. You too, may the peace of CHRIST be with you this holiday season & GOD bless you!

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  3. Eva, I understand “desert” times and often look back and see more than reason why God had me there not knowing why at the time. All we get is a journey here and the destination comes later. My temptation has always been to think life is about the stop-overs in between but I suspect the most important things are what pushes us to know God deeper, and follow closer…I just wish it was not the trials and hard stuff of life.

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    1. Yes, Gary, I was having this conversation with HIM….. perhaps one day we get to know what it’s like to be closer to GOD than ever before through or because of “showers of blessings” – I wish!
      GOD bless you my dear brother.

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