Now the just shall live by faith… Hebrews 10:38 (NIV)
Have you ever been glad that our forward progress is simply by faith, sometimes by just putting one foot in front of the other? If we tend to measure our spiritual temperature by the way we feel, we can become terribly discouraged. Feelings fluctuate with the weather, an unpleasant phone call, a news report, or any number of random things. Sometimes we can feel bland for no reason at all.
But, thank God, he says that’s not the way we live. We learn to disregard our feelings (emotions) and continue walking by faith in his faithfulness. Someone once told me to fake it till I make it. There’s no need for a Christian to do that. Instead, we can faith it as we make it.
By faith we can give God every care, every disappointment, every wound, every anxious thought without sensing any spiritual gain. By faith we place those troubles in his hands and walk away knowing he will bring peace or provide wisdom or whatever the need is because he said so.
Because he said so we can thank him that he is doing in the unseen exactly what is needed for our particular situation. We can praise him for who he is, and we can walk on until the answer (or the feeling) overtakes us. Nothing more is needed from us but simple faith. We live by faith. Thanks be to God.
Father, I’m so grateful that through you we are given love, power, and a spirit of discipline to faithfully navigate the ups and downs of this fickle earth. Strengthen us with all goodness to glorify you in all we say, do, and think. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.