This verse takes on our human nature. We have often heard the phrase “I’ve got to see it to believe it”. Well, this message is saying the opposite when it comes to our faith. Why? Because Faith is all about not knowing the outcome, but believing things will work out. Faith is walking in a level of blindness in the eyes but a knowing in the heart. Awakening our faith is not necessarily something we set out to do. Anyone who has lived through difficult times, losing a loved one, experiencing sickness or brokenness, knows that faith gets turned on in times of personal crisis. Sometimes the pain we feel is unbearable. Faith is birthed in the face of hopelessness, because that is usually when we turn to God – we are desperately looking for that sliver of hope, an understanding or an answer somewhere.
I’ve observed the power of faith – because I have been delivered out of crappy situations more than once. Situations that I felt would never change and were bleak. I’ve been completely surprised by favorable outcomes that seem to come out of nowhere. I’ve learned that when I lean on my faith, better things happen. When I don’t lean on my faith, and I insert myself to “fix things” or “make things happen”, everything gets screwed up. We have got to remember, we are only human. The only way to activate the magic of the “universe” is to give up our power to it, so it can do the things we cannot. As soon as we start monkeying around with the humanness of life, taking action where action is not really needed, we set a trap for ourselves. A perfect outcome by divine intervention is no longer possible because we’ve altered that outcome by touching it.
Now, there are times when we do need to take action and our spirit is guiding us to do so. The hard part is knowing when you are being led by your spirit or when you are being led by your rational mind, reasoning away your actions. I’ve done both. It can sometimes be very difficult to discern between the two, especially when you are confused about something. As humans, we can reason our way through any decision we feel is important to make. But reasoning is man’s mind, not the spirit.
Making excuses is a form of reasoning. Making choices based on how we “feel” with our emotions is a form of reasoning. Some might say that using our emotions when deciding on something is the most important thing to do. But I say that’s a tricky area. Emotions are fickle, and they change. What we feel so strongly about one day, a week later we may feel differently. It is best to try to leave emotions out of decision making. Easier said than done, this I know.
So what I’m getting at is faith is knowing all is well. Faith is knowing God is in your corner somehow. Faith is not gained by sight or appearance. It’s an inner guidance. An inner knowing. It’s the quiet promptings we get when we all of a sudden have new knowledge revealed. That is faith. Trusting to know when you need to know.
Try to remember this when you are facing difficult moments:
- You don’t need to understand everything, you will be ok.
- You don’t need to have knowledge for everything, sometimes its revealed when you need it.
- Don’t grip everything with a tight fist and hang on for dear life – to ideas, situations or things you convince yourself is right. Open up your palm and allow the right answers to come to you.
- Once you release your grip, you feel lighter about life. It is freeing when you realize that you don’t have to control every aspect of everything.
Having control is overrated. Having faith is a huge relief. You get to choose which way you live. This is true power.
May grace, love and light surround you and your loved ones. In the name of Jesus, Amen.