Taking a quick break from Song of Solomon today to talk about faith.
NIV: 2 Corinthians 5:7: We live by faith not by sight.
MSG: 2 Corinthians 5:7: It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going.
KJ: 2 Corinthians 5:7: We walk by faith not by sight.
Do you live by faith? What does it mean to walk, live, trust in faith especially when you don’t see. I woke up in a rare panic attack, about my passport. In little over a month I will be heading to Costa Rica on a mission’s trip but I need one thing to go and it is my passport. I mailed in the required paperwork and thought nothing about it until this morning. I woke up and thought wait was I supposed to submit the original documents and not the copies. In a panic I am running trying to remember what I did with the copy of my letter. I was in a panic. Yet in my spirit I’m hearing God say it is going to be alright, you will get your passport. Even in the midst of God speaking, I was like God am I even supposed to go Costa Rica. There have been a lot of things happening to me that is causing me to doubt it. All God said was yes.
Then God placed this in my spirit Walk by faith not by sight. I’m like God are you kidding I am walking I just don’t see it! Wait that is His point, I’m not supposed to see what’s going on. If I saw everything that is going to happen I can’t trust God can I?
There is one trust one faith we all believe in which is Jesus Christ is the son of God and He’s real but we don’t see him. We weren’t living when He was on the earth and yet usually without question we walk by Faith that Jesus died and rose from the dead. Usually we believe that easily and yet when God calls us to walk in faith in our daily lives, or believe something revealed to us we struggle. It is okay to struggle but only when God wins and we don’t give up.
I have this urge to walk down the who’s who’s of faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11, I’m not going too. These men and women lived, struggled, and yes even questioned God. It’s funny when we are in the situation where we need a lot of faith we question God and then when we are out of it we tell other people man it was not as hard as it seems. The truth is it is hard, but when we trust in God, get on our knees and say God I don’t know what to do but you do. That’s what it means to live by faith, they got it in the Hall of fame.
What the hall of famers did and what comes down to is trust and letting go, am I going to trust God that this is what He wants. Am I going to stop playing games and move towards him? Am I going to put my- self down and allow Him to work through and in me?
In the faith hall of fame Hebrews 11 the one thing that they had in common was that they let go of whatever it was holding them back saying God I will trust you. Even Sarah and Hagar who had to let go of disbelief, hurt, anger, jealousy, so that God can work it out for them (I do have a funny picture in my head of a nice exchange between Sarah and Abraham, and Hagar and God). But it might even mean letting go when whatever God is saying to you is just about to happen. What I mean by letting go is taking off whatever disbelief, questions, malice, hurt, jealousy, or whatever is entangling you. When you do that you are saying to God, “I don’t see it God, neither do I understand it, but I am your humble servant, I trust you to handle this.” Remember just like Mary mother of Jesus she was scared, she didn’t know, didn’t comprehend, asked some questions, then she let go, kneeled before God and said I’m your humble servant.
What if I take that attitude right now, then I would be walking by faith and not by sight. If I get on my knees and say I’m the Lord’s servant this situation is in your hands, I will trust in your word to me. How much better would this become and an awesome encouraging story as well.
King James bible says Walk by faith is like the Message is saying, trust even when you don’t see, and like NIV version says live by faith. It does take all three to walk it, to trust it, and to live by faith. Now doesn’t that give you goose bumps! Three different versions but all the same message which all means and does the same thing. I’m choosing to walk, live and trust by faith when I don’t see it happening. What will you choose this day trust God or trust your sight?