Faith Under Pressure: Trusting God to Provide
Looking Through Right Eyes
As I have been on this journey of life, I have often wondered how Jesus remained so perfect in a world filled with flaws. The world he saw was much different from today's, yet the troubles were equal or greater. Whisper Loud has a song What It Means that goes through the Beatitudes. In the chorus, they say, "If this is what it means to be like Jesus, I am ready to change. If this what it means to see like Jesus, I want to see it that way. The things I thought were so important aren't what they seem, if this is what it means." The song has influenced a few key moments in my life when I had the "blind faith" to just trust a whisper from God using those words.
Everything I Need Your Hand Has Provided
When I look at a beautiful sunset, the sky painted in amazing color for us to enjoy, I can't help but know there is someone orchestrating this entire existence. Seeing how wondrous nature is, its majesty sprawled before me whenever I take a moment to look at it, verifies that someone is looking at our lives and ensuring we have everything we need. We all have wants that will go unfulfilled; however, we don't have needs that will go unmet if we keep our eyes on the prize. God has put people into our lives who are there for a specific reason and purpose...some to be friends, so to help provide specific needs, some to help direct us to ensure we don't stray from our intended path. If we are following the Lord and listening to His voice, every need is satisfied. Here are some scriptures to illustrate this point:
- "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence." ~2 Peter 1:3
- "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God knew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." ~Romans 8:28
- "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things and at all times, having everything you need you will abound in every good work." ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8
These are but a few of scriptures that remind us that we have everything we need. Our circumstances right now may be such that we feel the Lord is not providing. I hear Christians every day who feel God has forsaken them because they don't have enough food to eat or clothes to wear or a job paying the right amount of money. However, they are missing the blessings they have been surrounded with as they are out eating with their friends and family, as they are taking time to enjoy the life God has given them instead of being holed up in an office from 7 - 7, and as they are dressed warmly and appropriately in the clothes gifted to them from a friend. When we rely on God and trust that He will provide our every need, we do not go without. As the old hymn says, "He will make a way where there seems to be no way."
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Blind Faith Isn't Dumb Faith
There is a difference between "blind faith" in which we trust God to provide for every need, and dumb faith in which we expect that He will do so with no action on our part. There is an element of discernment required for all faith. We must pray diligently, accept the counsel of those around us, and be aware of the still soft whispers of God. In The Power of a Whisper, Bill Hybels notes that how drastically our lives can change if we will just take God up on His whispers.
When you are going through tough times and feel like ends aren't meeting, things aren't going the right way, and hope is almost lost, take a moment to look up and thank Him for the things you do have. There is always going to be someone ahead of you in life and someone looking at you wishing they had what you have. I still remember the day my mother came home from work to tell me that a high school acquaintance had seen me at the Ground Round eating dinner with the family and commented to her friend how beautiful I was and how she always thought I was such a pretty girl. WHAT?! This was a girl who was pretty, popular, and had it altogether. How did she even notice me? I remember thinking that day how funny it was that all those years I looked at her and thought, "I wish I could be her" she could have been looking at me wanting a different life too. From that day forward, I have never taken for granted that wherever I am in life there is always someone looking at me while I look to someone else.
Blind faith means we are willing to accept that God loves us and will provide for us. It means we are willing to believe He will always provide a way. It does not mean we give up resources that can help us because we believe God is doing to come down on a white horse and whisk us away from our problems. It is intelligent faith disguised within closing of the uneducated. However, blind faith never fails. When we trust God and we believe He has our best life as His intentions, suddenly the struggle simply becomes a trial or a test.
Eyes Straight Ahead
If we keep our eyes straight ahead (Proverbs 4:25) and continue running the race (Philippians 3:14), we can see the glory of the Lord and hear those treasured words: "Well done my good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:23) What am amazing ending to our stories...to hear those treasured words!
Will you trust Him today to provide for your needs? Will you allow Him to work in your heart and soul and mind? Will you look at the blessings in your life instead of the unfilled wants?