What if things are going well? Does that make it easier? How about if things are a bit rough? Does that make a difference, or do you still trust Him? What if you can’t see God’s work? What if you do? Does that make a difference? or Do you still trust Him and walk by faith? God’s Word tells us it isn’t always going to go well! God’s Word also tells us that when it isn’t God is at work!
Let’s consider these two verses:
- John 16:33 (ESV) – I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- James 1:2-4 (ESV) – 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
God is at work in the tough times too! So don’t lose faith! Don’t lose hope! Don’t worry, trust in God! Worry changes nothing, prayer changes everything!
Today’s reading speaks to this theme as follows:
2For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.6So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
–from 2 Corinthians 5:3-8 (ESV)
So no matter what, be of good courage! God has given us His Spirit to be our comforter, our guide, our intercessor, our encourager, our advocate, our counselor, our helper, and our teacher! He didn’t leave us alone! Let’s keep the end in mind so that we don’t lose focus by the trials of today, but remember what is yet to come! Let’s walk by faith and not by sight! Let’s live believing and trusting that the work He has begun in us will be completed! Let’s live believing and trusting that the work He has begun in us will bring Him praise, honor, and glory!
So don’t lose hope! Don’t lose focus! Don’t lose faith!
Trust in Him! Turn to Him! Ask Him!
Receive wisdom, direction, instruction, comfort, encouragement by talking to Jesus in and through it all!
It’s not about rituals, it is all about having a living relationship with Jesus!
It’s not all about seeing is believing! It’s all about believing in faith and then seeing God work!
Today’s devotional from day 6 of God at Work shared the following …
Walking by Faith
When good things are happening, it’s easy to say, “God is at work!” The challenge becomes to believe, to know, and to act consistently as a believer not only when I’m seeing it, but also, wait for it, when I’m not seeing it.
How many people would be honest enough to say, “James, there have been some times in my life where I’ve wondered where God was and what He was doing.” Hidden in these admissions is an addiction we absolutely have to break. If you want to love Him with your whole heart as long as He gives you breath, you have to break this human addiction to seeing.
The apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
You say, “James, what are you talking about? I know how to walk.”
But I’m not talking about how to get around in this world. I’m talking about how to know your Creator. I’m talking about the spiritual you. And it’s the opposite. In the physical realm, we walk by sight; but spiritually, we don’t walk by seeing, we walk and live by faith. Now understanding that is critical, because people who say, “Well, I’ve had times where I didn’t see God working,” need to think again. When did God ever make a promise that you should see or would see? He’s made it very clear; we do not walk by sight but by faith.
Prayer: Father, I know how Thomas felt when the others sounded so sure about Your resurrection but he wanted so badly to see, hear, touch—use the senses to make sure it was true. Thank You for correcting him, loving him, and setting him straight. Do the same with me as often as I need it! I know I will need Your Spirit’s help to do better at walking by faith rather than sight. In Jesus name, Jesus, Amen.
–from God at Work from James MacDonald (Day 6)