We walk by faith, not by sight. —2 Corinthians 5:7
There is no other way for a Christian to live than by faith. Yet time after time, we try to live in another way. Whether it’s by sight, or by feelings, or by the counsel of others, we seek to circumvent faith. God will not have it! Faith is required for all those who are called by His name. Hebrews 11:6 makes this abundantly clear:
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
What have you been seeking after lately? Maybe you have been praying for a new sense of direction? Or seeking a new mountaintop experience? Or maybe you have just come to a place where the desire for the work is just not satisfying any longer? Regardless of where you are, God is still there even though you may not sense Him. God calls for us to use a different kind of sense…and uncommon sense called faith. God delights when His children continue to trust Him, knowing His heart, faithfulness and trustworthiness to do all He said he would do, even when they grow tired and weary. Faith is not always easy and this is what God is driving home to you. However, according to the Hebrews 11: 6 verse, faith is always rewarded.
Faith cannot be rooted in feelings for if it were so, your faith would be different each and every day! Faith must be rooted in something that is immutable, unchanging, which alone is God. God is reliable, unlike our feelings and we have to learn to trust even though we do not feel like it. We have to see God come through time and again regardless of how our feelings are. This “absence” of God is merely an absence of feeling God. For many of us, our feelings are our god.
We want to feel good about decisions and life and we wait for those feelings to come. Yet God wants us to know He is good and to trust Him that even though we may not feel good, He is good. This is the essence of faith: God is here, always, unchanging, reliable, and able to do all He said and all He has called you to do. The sooner you can have faith in that, the sooner your feelings will begin to change. Feelings try to keep you where you are or take you to a place where you once were. Faith always calls you forward; it never allows you to remain where you are.
Leaders must learn to walk by faith. They must be visionaries, not only casting vision but casting themselves into the vision. Faith is throwing oneself overboard like Peter but only at His command. Faith is not stupidity but serious obedience. God is not going to expect you to have faith in Him for something immoral, harmful or ignoble but He will call you to faith to right all of those wrongs. God’s call to faith is for matters and issues of mercy, justice and love and leaders must learn to crawl before walking. Taking simple steps toward issues of conscious and heart demonstrate our faith in God and His power to work through us to bring the world back to Him. Much faith is required.
Sometimes God wants us to stay right where we are doing what we are doing. Yet our feelings want to take us to a place that is more thrilling or exciting. God doesn’t reward us based on the thrill of our adventure but on our “faith”-fulness. The hard decision may be to not move at all until God calls us. Once again like Peter in the boat we need to say: “Lord, if it’s You, command me to come to You…” (Matthew 14:28). Otherwise, don’t seek after new and better feelings…seek the Lord!
Final thought: feelings are not god but trusting in God will bring the right feelings. Faith is best demonstrated when I don’t feel like it but act in obedience to God’s call.