Faith Not Sight

For we live by faith, not by sight. – (2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV)

We live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see. – (2 Corinthians 5:7, ERV)

The path we walk is charted by faith, not by what we see with our eyes. – (2 Corinthians 5:7, VOICE)

 

Life is full of opportunities to walk by faith; for few of us have a path that is made plain enough to see our every next step. Faith is trusting that God will take us where we are meant to go, even when we cannot see a clear path, nor do we have our footing established. Often, we know where we are meant to go, but then only know how to take the first step. The steps to follow come with faith as we forge forward, and trust as we go. This evening, my husband, bonus son and I will be flying more than half-way across the country, to pay a final visit to his father. His health is failing, but we are trusting in faith, that our timing is right, and that we are doing what we ought to do. No matter what we see, we can trust that God can move mountains in the hearts of men, and we are going, trusting in His goodness and grace.

As for my Mom, I know that this road she walks is all about faith. I imagine there are days that it feels as if there is no end in sight as she longs to regain all that she has lost, yet by faith, she perseveres. Yesterday, I was thrilled to receive a text from her that her bible study ladies had called her while they met, and included her in their conversation. Her whole day was made by being remembered and included, as I know how hard it is for her to be away from her beloved friends. When I spoke with her after work, the joy and excitement was still present in her voice. Christy, Sandy, and the rest of you ladies – thank you!

 

Faith is a strong heart, Trust in the Unseen

Trusts when it can’t see;

Possibilities,

Allow the Lord lead.

This journey of life,

Is an unknown road;

Requiring faith,

Space for trust be sown.

Each time we choose faith,

The Lord’s faithfulness;

Meets us in our trust,

By grace, He does bless.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to trust, even when we cannot see. Thank You that You fortify our faith as You move on our behalf. Thank You that You never leave us or forsake us, and that You are our strength and our peace. Forgive us for our lack of faith when we cannot see what we hope to see. Teach us to trust You more, as You already know the outcome, far beyond what we can see or imagine. Thank You that Your plans for us are good. Show us how to love those around us in ways that build faith and express the depth of Your goodness and love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust in You, even in the spaces where we cannot see a solution. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. – Psalm 33:4

Equipped As His Trusted Temple

photo by Dawn Ella

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” – Acts 17:24-25

God, Creator of ALL, made a way to come near.  Because He sent His Son, who was crucified, died, brought back to life, and is now seated at His heavenly right hand, the way was provided for His Holy Spirit to dwell, not in man-made buildings, but in the hearts of men and women who come to know Him.  He who gives life and breath, does not NEED anything from us, however, He desires that we might DECIDE to follow Him.  As we do, He equips and empowers us to walk beside those who do not yet know Him, so that their eyes and hearts can be guided into His grace.

Our charge and our calling are not meant to be taken lightly.  If we are not invested in Him, how will we know how to walk in His way?  We have a remarkable responsibility when we are in a relationship with our Redeemer.  We are His temple, and are meant to allow Him to tend the temple, and take the temple to those who need tending too.  The lost, the lonely, the widow, the orphan – all those whom are yet absent from His amazing grace, need His goodness to guide them to His perfect peace and provision.  He can provide with or without us, yet what a privilege we miss if we are not walking in His will.  He allows, asks and provides even, that we might partner with the Prince of Peace, to love people well.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are God and we are not.  Thank You that You do not dwell in man-made spaces where we would have to search high and low in hope to find You.  Thank You that instead, You come and reside in all who ask.  Forgive us for walking when You say wait, and for waiting when You have asked us to walk.  Teach us to trust You more so that we might be in tune with Your Spirit, who is ever-speaking to our hearts about who You are and what You want us to be in You.  May our listening ears and faithful hearts lead the lost to Your loving arms forever.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present