Things don’t always look or feel the way we might want them to but that doesn’t mean God isn’t on the job. If we get too distracted by appearances we may never push through in faith. The reality is we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. This is both a great thing and a difficult thing at times. It’s great because it means we aren’t responsible for how things look or feel instead we are only responsible for walking in faith in any given situation. It’s difficult because we are so used to living according to how something appears and how the world evaluates things.
There is always the temptation to judge something as a success or failure based on how it looked or felt. For instance when it comes to teaching the Word the world will tell us things aren’t successful unless there is a large number whereas God changed the whole world with twelve ordinary men. Men, that were primarily working class, made up of fishermen and tax collectors etc. This too is encouraging because most people I’m around are working class people that have to work each and every day to eat and pay bills just like the original disciples. If God can be so effective with those men who am I to say he can’t do it with me and those I live around?
We live in the world but we don’t have to participate in its methods. The Apostle Paul told us to look beyond what is in the earthly, visible realm and see what is in the unseen. He said, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Walking by faith may not always look or feel exciting but it is the only way to please God.
Written by Louie