CNHI News Service
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 —
Last week I wrote about waiting on the Lord. I really needed to hear from the Lord, but all I was receiving was “wait.” I really don’t like to wait, but it is important to give God the opportunity to work things out before we proceed. After we wait on God, the next thing we are going to be asked to do is to walk by faith. That means that God is only going to reveal one step at a time, which is almost as much fun as “wait.”
God wants us to be obedient to His will and plan for our lives. Sometimes all God gives us is a sense of His will and then it is our job to start knocking on the doors. We have to figure out where He is leading us … we have to walk by faith. God is faithful. He will close doors that are not meant for us and He will allow doors to open if it is His will for our lives. But even an open door is not a guarantee of God’s direction, He wants us to seek and pray for His guidance.
One of the ways that we can discern God’s will is through the advice of godly friends. God never intended for us to walk out our faith alone. Sometimes I believe he makes his ways mysterious so we will seek out wisdom. I have been seeking that kind of wisdom lately and I have discovered that each of the people I have talked with gave me a piece to the puzzle. None of the people had the answer I sought, but each offered their own unique insight into my situation so that when combined I got a better picture.
One important thing I am learning is that God doesn’t do things the same way every time we face similar problems. One time we face a problem and the answer comes through the wisdom of a good friend, but the next time it might come through the scriptures or through a time of prayer and fasting. Other times it might require all those things in order to hear from heaven, but even then you will be called to walk things out by faith.
I think that Jesus was trying to teach us that God doesn’t always work in exactly the same way in similar circumstances. The people brought Jesus a blind man one time and he said, “Your faith has made you well,” and the man could see. In another situation, Jesus spat on the ground and made mud and placed it on the man’s eyelids. He then told the man to go wash it off and when he did he received his sight back. Why did Jesus do it differently? Jesus taught us that He only does what He sees His Father doing. God does things differently each time so we have to walk by faith each time.
When I considered how Jesus did things differently each time, I began to wonder if Jesus had to walk by faith when He was on earth. Did He have to wait on God? Did He have to pray? I mean seriously, He was the Savior; did He have to ask God what to do?
In Luke chapter six, Jesus spent the entire night praying before he chose the 12 disciples. We also know that the night Jesus walked on the water to join the disciples He spent until the fourth watch of the night praying. So Jesus is not asking us to do anything that He didn’t have to do when He was here. He had to wait, pray, seek guidance and walk obediently by faith.
When we realize that Jesus gave up the rights and privileges of heaven to become human so He could reach us, then we can believe that He had to walk by faith. He demonstrated for us that it is possible to walk by faith. He proved to us that God can guide us through every decision. We have to learn that living by faith requires prayer and waiting. Jesus had to wait a couple of days while Lazarus lay in the grave and his sisters mourned his loss so God’s plan could be fulfilled. We don’t always understand His will, His plan, or His purposes, but we have to trust Him.
I want to encourage you to walk by faith. It’s not easy and you won’t understand everything. Know that God is in control and that His ways are mysterious. He is the one who opens the door; our responsibility is to knock. I keep saying that walking with God is an adventure because walking with God requires faith.
Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is located at www.dougcreamer.com. Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.