I have devoted a great deal of time these past few years renewing my faith and relationship with Christ. I’m not always on point in this walk, but I come a long way in ensuring I walk with Him daily and keep His path close to my heart as I grow as a man of faith and a leader for my family and those around me. Through my journey, I have learned just how powerful that faith can be in my life and in anyone’s life who chooses to walk by faith. Even when we are unsure of what the end results may be, following a path by faith will lead you down God’s path for you and help you grow closer to Him in your own life.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” When we choose to walk through life by faith, we are putting our trust and confidence in the Lord that he will provide and guide us down the path he has chosen for us. I think we have all heard people over the years talk about their struggle with faith when they cannot see what it is God has planned for even see proof that God is actually here for us. I walked down this pathway some especially after I lost my Dad and did not know what it was that God was doing and questioning why he would let something as tragic as that happen to someone like him. Since that time, I have grown to understand that those events happen life for specific reasons. My Dad was a man of tremendous faith, and maybe through what he endured, it may help others to find their way to the Lord and I think that certainly happened and continues to happen.
So what does faith me to you. In my Bible readings this morning, the subject of faith as a active thing versus a passive feeling was discussed. Through faith, Christians can rely on faith for their day to day living. We’ve come too far in life to live passively and not exercise our faith. Our lives are a unique opportunity for each of us to life a life of faith and not sit back letting life pass us by and being complacent in how we live. Just to use an analogy from my reading, lets say you were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a round of golf at Augusta National Golf Club. You come to the Par 5 13th hole at Amen Corner. After driving down the fairway you are faced with the decision to layup or go for the green. Chances are you may never play that course again, so why not take a chance of faith and go for it. In other words, when those unique opportunities arise to exercise your faith, take advantage of it. You only have so much time to so.
If you look throughout our history, so much was done and accomplished on the pillar of faith. Go all the way back to Abraham, who showed ultimate faith by being willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac as instructed by God, only to be stopped by God himself, when he saw that Abraham had committed all his faith to God. By trusting in Him, even though he may not be physically visible to us we can make through and accomplish anything in life with the Lord by our side.
Martin Luther King, Jr said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” It may be scary to take that step into the unknown, to begin a new chapter in life, to begin a new career, to begin a family, to begin a ministry, or whatever it may be. That first step can be tricky, but demonstrating faith and stepping, even when you cannot see what will become, is extremely powerful. It shows a lot of your own character and God will also guide you through those steps into the unknown. Walk by faith, even when you cannot see. He will guide you through it all.