Living our lives by faith
We live in a world that celebrates what is seen and pays little attention to what is not. The end result is that people live superficial lives and pay little attention to that which is unseen. As a child of God, we have been called to live a life of faith: a belief in Someone we cannot see but we are convinced is there. Science says it is a crazy idea! But the truth is man is a faith being, he needs to believe in something greater than himself to live or excel. This is the point where great characters are formed. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:35-39 not to lose our confidence in God despite the happenings around us that may make us doubt the existence of God and the authenticity of our faith. Despite the strong pull of the world on our minds seeking to corrupt our walk with God, the Bible encourages us to remember that: “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36). This is to prepare us for the fact that certain things will be thrown our way by the world, which would be allowed by God, in order for us to learn and walk in the will of God. This walk requires ‘endurance’; this is to mean that it would not be all palatable. But, then we have His promise: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2). Thus, for us to keep moving forward in our growth in God, it is very important that we trust God's wisdom and sovereignty over all things.
This is the plan of God from the very beginning and He has a definite goal for each of us, thus, His workings are not random in our lives: “I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46: 9b-10). For this singular reason, He commands us to hold on no matter what we are going through because He is coming and He is never late: “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My Soul has no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:37-38). Living by faith is not just a statement but a command and the bedrock of our new life in Christ Jesus. This life require of us to be focused and disciplined. That was why He led the children of Israel through a longer route in the wilderness to make them understand that the existence of man is not for bread alone but man must live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Friend, a life of faith is actually a life that lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God no matter how heavily the circumstances may weigh on such a person. The joy of this life is that Jesus Christ has promised to be with us and see us through the whole journey when He promised that He is with us to the very end of the age. The coming of the Lord is at hand, the days of living to please ourselves have gone, it is time to live the lives we have been called to live so that when He comes He will not have a problem recognizing us. God bless you.