“We walk by faith and not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
When someone mentions the phrase ‘walk by faith’, what is the first thing that comes to mind for you? Is it purely a spiritual image, for example that of the life of a Christian; or is it of an actual walk taken in faith?
What is faith?
“Loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person. Complete confidence in a person or plan ect. Trust.”
This is what the dictionary app on my phone has to say about faith, but it doesn’t really capture the essence of what faith is, at least not for me. When someone mentions ‘walking in faith’, I imagine a few scenarios. They go like this:
I am standing in the middle of a grassy field. I can hear all sorts of sounds around me as I strain to orientate myself. I am without one of my senses. Sight. I don’t know what lies before me, the only thing that I know is that I have to get through an obstacle course. This would be a very daunting, and probably quite painful, task if it wasn’t for the fact that I was allowed a guide. My best friend takes my arm and starts to direct me through the course using both her voice and her grip on my arm. I make it through without a single scratch or bruise.
I am running, this time I can see, but I am on an unfamiliar route. I need to keep running for as far as the road stretches on. I don’t know when the terrain will change or what hazards I am going to face, or when I am going to come to a crossroad. I don’t know anything, except that I should keep running. Alone this would be terrifying, and I would be doubting my every decision. But I am not alone. I have a running partner; he knows everything about the road I am on. He has all the knowledge that I lack. I don’t need to worry about anything, I just need to focus on running.
I am in an unfamiliar town to visit a cousin; the worst conceivable thing has happened; the GPS doesn’t even know where I am! Now hopelessly lost, I call my cousin. He laughs and starts giving me directions that I hurriedly scribble down on an old receipt. Once the call has ended, I carefully follow each of his directions, and I reach my destination without any trouble (besides the GPS disaster of course).
What do these have in common?
Faith. Trusting the person next to you to take care of you. Trusting that they know everything that you do not and will take care of it. Trusting them to know the way.
God cares about us, and He knows what our obstacle course looks like. He is familiar with every little stone, hill and muddy patch that is on our obstacle endurance race route (more commonly known as life) He knows exactly how much we can take. Most importantly, He is there for us every step of the way. Trusting Him to know what lies ahead and to provide for us with all we need, that is faith.
It is very easy to say “just have faith. Everything will work out.” Following that advice is a lot harder. How can we just keep walking blindly, with only faith guiding us? It doesn’t seem safe; it goes against every fibre of the control freak syndrome that all people have. Faith is all about letting go, and this is scary. There is always the chance that things go wrong when you let someone else call the shots. Why should we risk it? Does this author even know what she is asking?
Yes, yes I do. While I am writing the article, I am struggling to keep walking. I just want to stop and hide until the world forgets about me and the challenges of my circumstances just go away. But they won’t. If I stop walking, what good would that do? I will just be stuck in the same place. I need to keep walking, but I don’t know which way anymore. The only way that I am going to be able to do that is by faith.
Why am I telling you (and myself) to risk it, to keep walking?
Because of who my God is.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Because I believe in this promise. He cares for His children. He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads. He counts our tears. He knows our pains and struggles and unfair circumstances. He loves us with a forgiving and unfailing love. A perfect God loving imperfect people. He is in control of everything.
” Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.” – Our God is greater by Chris Tomlin
We as people, find it hard to let go of the illusion that we are in control. I hate things that I cannot control, yet I am proposing that you give that control to a God that you cannot see. A God who controls everything and desires the very best for us. Yet still gave us some form of control. He gave us a choice.
Overall, we don’t control the world around us. The things that we do control fully, are our attitudes, our decisions, our thoughts. To a certain degree, we control our bodies (excluding sickness and such things). We control our response to the world. We control our feet and where we let them take us. We control our walk. We can choose whether we walk by ourselves and just hope for the best, or whether we walk by faith.
How you are going to walk through life is something that you control, this is your responsibility. I challenge you to think about this carefully.