I have been told that I am a woman of great faith. I believe this is a true statement, most of the time. I know where to go to find just the right scriptures to encourage my heart and the hearts of others during times of need. Yet, there are times when even though the scriptures are being quoted and I am standing firm on His promises, that I sense a little tinge of doubt, or fear. And that’s when I have to call on Jesus to increase my faith.
I have been on a journey of walking by faith over the last year. But along the way I’ve questioned whether I have really and truly been putting my faith in God and trusting Him.
What does it mean to walk by faith? Faith is defined as the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. I love what the Bible has to say about faith:
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
It’s hard sometimes to look beyond this world of what we can see, and put our trust and belief in something that we have yet to lay hold of. But that is faith. That is were we come to a place of complete dependance and trust in the One who promises to bring us through to the other side.
This week, Bonnie the Faith Barista asks this question:
How is God currently calling you to walk by faith?
When my husband lost his job in 2009, it pretty much turned our world upside down. We hit rock bottom financially as we struggled to keep up with our debt and to provide for our family. I had faith then that God would provide, and He did. And He continues to do so (my husband is still unemployed). But in all honesty, there are days where my faith is weak and I fall out of a place of trust and began to worry about our situation. It can be especially hard during the holidays. I am a giver by nature. I want to be able to give to others. I’ve caught myself questioning where God is in all of this at times. But in those moments, when I take my eyes off of Jesus and all I can see is the storm, there is no peace and hope is no where to be found. Because my eyes have drifted away from the place of faith, I am unable to see that He’s been here all along, holding our hands and walking beside us on this journey.
Faith is not the result of striving. It is the product of surrender. ~Bill Johnson
When we had to surrender our home to short sale last year in order to avoid foreclosure, I thought I would die. We had 14 years of memories built up in our very first home and it was all gone. We had such great faith that God would make a way. Yet things did not go the way we had hoped. Even though we were brokenhearted, in faith we surrendered it back to the Lord.
With faith there is no struggle. ~Kathryn Kuhlman
Things have not been easy for our family financially, but God never ceases to amaze me. He continues to provide for our every need. Every month we have to continue to let go and let God. Are there things that we desire to have, let alone need? Yes. But we are learning to be content with what we have, without complaining and desiring more. We do not want to struggle between the world of the seen and the unseen. We know and understand that all of Heaven’s resources are available to us. So we wait, full of trust and hope, clinging to the One who sees the end from the beginning. We have faith that He will bring us through.
How is God currently calling you to walk by faith? Will you join me over at the Faith Barista Jam? Or, simply leave a comment below.