God requires faith from us. Faith in who our LORD claims to be. Faith in God’s salvation plan through Jesus Christ alone. Faith that God will never leave us or forsake us.
It is the humility of our faith that God honors, and through which God lavishes on us an intimate and eternal relationship with Him.
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Personal Reflections from Sylane: Faith is NOT a feeling.
Faith is NOT about feeling that God is who God claims to be. Faith is NOT about feeling that I am saved. Faith is NOT about never feeling alone or abandoned.
Faith is a conscious decision to take God at God’s Word.
Faith often involves risk and uncertainty.
Faith can sometimes involve long periods of waiting (according to our perspective) to hear from God…or sense any leading from God…or recognize the evidence that God really is answering our heartfelt prayers.
So why should we live by Faith? Why not by sight?
Because God is who God claims to be: Loving, Holy, Righteous, Just, Wise, Compassionate, Eternal, Intimate, Sovereign, Faithful, True. God is One. And our Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God.
God actually encourages us to seek Him, to call out to Him. God promises to reveal Himself to us who would humble ourselves enough to risk checking God out for who He claims to be.
Sight alone would tell us that there is no real meaning or purpose in life.
Sight alone would tell us that there is no true and perfect love for us to know and experience.
Sight alone would tell us that we are all going to die and that is the end of our existence. There is nothing more.
Faith agrees with God according to the Truth of God’s Word:
That we have been PURPOSEFULLY made in God’s image and through the redemption and salvation of Jesus Christ that we will yet be transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. (Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15: 49; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
That God has His purpose for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10)
That God has an ever-lasting love for us, calls us to love Him and love others (Jeremiah 31:3; Deuternonomy 6: 4-5; Mark 12: 29-31; 1 John 4:7-21)
That God intended us to have eternal life with Him and that through Jesus Christ death has been conquered! (Genesis 2:9; Isaiah 53:11; Daniel 12:2, John 3:14-17; Romans 8:37-39; 1 Corinthians 15: 52-57)
These Bible passages are just a very few of the Scriptures that would call us to a Decision–NOT a Feeling–of FAITH. And even that which would call us to make a FAITH decision is from the very Spirit of the Living God.
Let’s each ask God to help us know Him, to help us trust Him…to help us determine–through the knowledge of God’s Word and the power of God’s Holy Spirit–that we can, and will, make a conscious decision to put our faith in the Living God–the Lord Jesus Christ.
No matter what our limited sight perspective may bring as evidence to the contrary.
Jesus told us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” –John 14:6
It will be through humility and risk-taking, life-freeing, life-giving FAITH that we will fully agree with God.
Living by faith is so much more than anything sight could ever offer us.
Our FAITH–our agreeing with God causes us to be embraced with the fullness of love and life, hope and peace for which our very souls crave.
FAITH in Jesus our Holy God is something to live by…something to walk and run and jump and dance by…for all eternity!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane