“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
We walk by faith not by sight. Reflect on that for just a minute. What does that look like?
The news is full of bad news: shootings, the economy, rapes, etc. It can be overwhelming when we look around at the world. When we hear the gossip at the water cooler or face the rejection of a friend, it can be hard and can be easy to forget why we’re here.
We live in the world but we are not of this world. We’re outsiders and we don’t belong here, so as with all foreigners, we’re not going to fit in (or at least we shouldn’t) with the world. We’re supposed to stand out, but as representatives of Him.
Life here is temporary but it can be hard to remember that when unexpected bills come in or the car breaks down. We need to remind ourselves that no matter what our circumstances are, God is in charge and He is with us. This is not the end of our story. The size of our bank accounts don’t define us. We need to focus more on the eternal ending and what we’re working towards then our lives here.
Focusing on our ending and joining Jesus should bring joy and hope to you. No matter what, He has overcome death and forgiven us our sins. That is enough! That is enough to give thanks for every day.
I know I can get caught up in the here and now. I want a larger paycheck or a nice vacation or even just enjoying a simple Chai Tea latte but that should never be our focus. Our focus needs to be Him and to align ourselves with Him through prayer, reading and studying Scripture, fasting, serving, etc. I am a much better person when I focus on Him and walk in faith.
I have faith that God is with me always. I have faith that no matter what happens, I will end up in eternity with Jesus. I believe that even when bad things happen God is in control.
How do you live by faith? How do you remain focused on Him?
Does one person really make a difference? This is something I struggle with when I look at all of the issues that tug on my heart. Does it matter if I get involved in supporting that cause or charity? And the answer I’ve come to is “yes.” One flame can start a forest fire and one light can lead ships to safety.
“All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. “ – 2 Kings 12:21
One advisor influenced Joash, King of Judah to live and lead in a way that pleased the Lord. I bet no one realized how important Jehoiada was, because he was just one person – an advisor. Did his presence make a difference?
Yes, there’s a big difference when Jehoiada passes away. 2 Chronicles says something similar to 2 Kings 12:21, but note the difference:
“Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight throught the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest.” (24:2).
Something changes when Jehoida passes away and Joash no longer has his godly advice to influence and direct him. Maybe one person doesn’t change the world but throughout Scripture we constantly see the difference one person makes. We, as individuals, can choose to be godly influences. If we’re not choosing to be godly influences, we’re choosing evil.
“But after Jehoiada’s death, the leaders of Judah came and bowed before King Joash and persuaded him to listen to their advice.” – 2 Chronicles 24:17
As a result, King Joash does evil in the Lord’s sight. He turns away despite the many prophets the Lord sent to warn him. One of the last prophets to King Joash was Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada. Now Jehoiada had saved and protected King Joash as a little boy, so I would expect to see some loyalty and even love, but in anger over his message that the Lord abandoned him, King Joash has him stoned to death. Isn’t that nice, and yet, how many of us have reacted in anger and done harm?
King Joash allowed himself to turn away from the Lord and do evil because one man was gone. All of mankind would have been eliminated if it weren’t for Noah’s faithfulness. Jesus’ genealogy would have been very different if Rahab hadn’t helped the spies. What if Paul hadn’t listened to the Lord and hadn’t preached to the Gentiles?
One person can change the world, but it might not be during our lifetime. Wherever you are in life, you can make a difference. Maybe it’s ministering to your family or workplace or sponsoring a child or fostering or whatever the Lord places on your heart. We are here for a reason. Be the light!
How can you make a difference? We’d love to hear from you! ❤
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
We never walk alone. Life is a combination of valleys and mountaintops, sometimes at the same time. I love the reassurance that no matter what, the Lord is with us. During the seasons of drought, God is right there with us. During seasons of blessings, He is with us.
I remember talking to a friend who found it difficult to the study the Word and pray when she was going through difficult times. I was shocked because those are the seasons that I press in and lean on Him even more. Maybe He gives us the seasons we need to press into Him even more.
Over the past year, He’s been teaching me how to press into Him no matter what life looks like. Some days are better than others but He knows that I am actively trying and this is where grace comes into play. He knows what we’re going through and He knows our motives. He knows that some days I am going through the motion because it I am trying to remain consistent in my time with Him, so the habit is important.
He is with us. No matter what you’re experiencing He is with you…if you are looking for Him.
What season are you currently in? How do you see God moving in your life? ❤