Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
John 14:26-27 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 NLT
Born in London in April 1770, David Thompson was one of the most important explorers in the history of North America. He has been called the greatest land geographer who ever lived, yet he received little credit during his lifetime. Only after his death did the world realize the extent of his accomplishments. Thompson’s life of adventure began when he was just 14, after being sent to western Canada to work in the fur-trading business. Three years later, driven by curiosity, he left on a personal journey. Walking throughout the prairies, he encountered many types of peoples and explored uncharted places.
Along the way, Thompson learned astronomy and mathematics, and spent so much time examining the heavens that he lost sight in one eye. After suffering a broken leg, he limped the rest of his life. He could have given up, but he continued to explore, even mapping much of Canada and the US. Overall, Thompson traveled more than 100,000 miles in his life, a remarkable achievement for his day.
The Bible describes the impact of pioneers like this who accomplished great things in the spiritual realm. Abraham and many other Biblical heroes dared to venture into the unknown. Despite the risks and uncertainties, they were willing to leave the comfort and safety of home to follow God’s leading, trusting Him completely.
These are people who lived by faith. As a result, they experienced new possibilities and new dimensions of God’s blessings. They also pointed the way for others, making a difference for time and eternity.
The Long, Hard Journey of Faith
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
When I became a Christian, I thought all my problems would go away, and God would take care of everything with a snap of His fingers.
The truth is, my life fell apart within weeks of being baptized. Suffice it to say, accepting Jesus and asking Him to be Lord of my life didn’t obliterate the garbage I’d pressed down in the compactor of my heart.
In His mercy and grace, God didn’t bring up all my sins, sinful habits and sinful ways of thinking at one time. I’d have likely despaired if He had.
Instead, He opened my eyes over time. Through His Holy Spirit, I saw the painful truth. I agreed with God about my sins. Even before I was a Christian, I knew when I did wrong. My conscience told me. But the heart is deceitful, and the mind can rationalize and justify any behavior. And we tend to surround ourselves with like-thinkers. I can’t cast blame. Wrongs are done to us by others, but that never excuses us from doing wrong ourselves.
Thankfully, God created us as His masterpiece — His work of art — and He has destined us to accomplish great things in our lifetimes: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). God knows who and what we are. He offers one way to be saved for all eternity: Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. No other way. While seeing and acknowledging the truth about myself, I also experienced the amazing grace and love of God.
Coming to Jesus opened my eyes to who I am. I am a sinner. I am human. I am weak. I stumble and fall, even now that I am saved. I am also a daughter of the King. I am loved by God. And He is strong. He is faithful. He keeps His Word. He will never abandon me. He helps me stand again. He gives me the will to keep walking in the steps of Jesus.
But honestly, it can be very hard, working out our salvation. By working, I mean living it, not earning it. As the Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:12b, we are to “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” (NLT)
Friends, the faith journey isn’t easy. Believing is only the first step onto the narrow pathway. The next steps put a believer on the road of trial and blessing as we walk out a new life as a disciple of Christ. We must stick close to Jesus, read His Word, lean in and listen. We need to obey, even when it means personal, painful sacrifice. That’s the long, hard journey of transformation. That’s the kind of faith that impacts the world.
A Long Journey of Faith
By: Paul Watson, seedsofthekingdom.org
God has called upon Moses to go to Pharaoh to ask him to set the Israelites free, but after his visit, Pharaoh makes things worse for the people. Far from letting the people go – they are now in a worse predicament than before! Moses comes before the Lord and cries out the words quoted above.
Moses has begun a long journey of faith! He will begin to learn about God’s plans versus his own understanding of how things should work out. He will learn about God’s timing which is not his own timing. He will learn about trust. He’s beginning to interact with God.
It’s interesting that in verse 22 Moses cries out ‘O Lord!’. Often in the Old Testament God is referred to as LORD, from the Hebrew expression Jehovah – the self existent one.
Here, however, Moses calls God Lord – from the Hebrew Adonai, meaning ‘the Lord my Lord’. Moses is using a proper name of God, with a very personal meaning. ‘O Lord my Lord!’ he cries. The foundation of the faith journey ahead is a close relationship with his God. This relationship ensures that despite circumstances, Moses knows the character of God personally, and is able to trust Him, even though God’s ways are not his ways.
Our life too is a journey of faith. There are often times when we feel that God has made things worse. We can be tempted to believe that we could have done it better than God has. The essence of faith is to resist this temptation, to wrestle with God by sharing our heart with Him, and ultimately – to put our trust in Him. And as Moses learned, God never lets us down.