The faith journey is never easy…it is definitely not for the faint at heart.
You look at people like Abraham, Sarah, and Noah and you develop a completely new respect for them when you embark on your own personal faith journey. They did things that did not make any sense to those that were around them. I am sure they had spectators that were attempting to help them rationalize their thoughts and actions. Trying to help them see things from a more practical view, but what they did not understand was that’s not how God always works. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). God’s mode of operation is incomprehensible to the human mind. We cannot begin to understand how he does the things that He does…that’s where our faith comes in.
Hebrews 11 gives us a roll call of the notable faith walkers in the bible and admonishes us that it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). I love the way the New Living Translation defines faith in Hebrews 11:1. It says, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” (Emphasis mine) Faith believes that something will absolutely happen even when you do not see how it could happen.
Whenever you have a Book of Eli journey, it is very easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. We all know life happens around us everyday. Something can happen with your car, your family, your job, or anything else that may cause your plan to be altered. But it is through those moments that our faith is truly tested. We have to then ask ourselves, are we relying on ourselves or are we relying on God? As we are following God on this journey we can’t allow life to distract us from what He said.
It is so easy to be excited about the journey when God gives us friendly reminders that He is with us and we are headed in the right direction. We are super faith-walkers at those times. We are smiling and declaring, “God is the God who does exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think!” There is nothing that can take us off of this journey until the test comes…
What do you do when all you have is a word? What do you do when the way you thought you saw things working out, doesn’t quite happen that way? What do you do when doors that you thought were opening for you, start to close? Where did all of the excitement about God’s plan go? Are you still expecting Him to do greater things than you could imagine? Initially it was hard but…ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!
It takes a great deal of spiritual maturity to look at the UNSEEN and still be CONFIDENT that what you are hoping for WILL happen. And you should have known that it was not going to be that easy. Dr. Michael Maiden said, “The more the Lord loves you, the longer he takes to rescue you. And He only can do that if He trusts you. God knows He can trust you to handle a delayed answer. You might say, ‘Why the delay?’ So, the glory of God may be seen in your life.”
When I heard that my heart initially sank. I was like, “MORE WAITING???? God for real?!?!? Can’t you show your love for me in another way like a speedy response? I’m just sayin’!” But I had to take the focus off of myself and see the big picture.
I understand today that all of this is so much bigger than myself. There is a greater purpose for this season that affects more than just me. A friend on facebook posted Friday as their status, “There’s a plan for your life so much bigger than you can imagine! Press on!” I have to stay the course and keep walking towards my destiny because God’s glory will be revealed through my life as I walk this journey. Others must see be able to see God in this situation. My life has to be a testimony of the Goodness and Faithfulness of God. His plan is far greater than I can really comprehend and will affect more people than I realize.
So, I am still declaring that He is the Ephesians 3:20 God! I am still expecting great things! I am still declaring that my God is Great and Mighty! He is so Sovereign and knows exactly what He is doing!
James 1:2-4 has been my scripture for the day….
“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance (or patience) has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”
This is all a part of the process…