“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
As I am in my infant stage in my journey with God I am still struggling in what it means to take a step of faith. Sometimes I find that I convince myself that it is God asking me to take a step. Then I realize it is me just doing what I want to do. I am learning to be still and to really listen for God’s calling for my life.
Recently, I was driving home and I live in the country with no street lights so it gets very dark. I was having one of my normal conversations with God about life. Sometimes these are one-sided conversations, this was NOT one of those times.
I was explaining to him how confused I was about what it means to walk in faith. Many times I feel so alone and like he has forgotten about me. He explained to me as I had my headlights on the bright beams that I had a false sense of comfort thinking that I can see everything. A car was coming in the distance so I adjusted my headlights to the regular beams. God then explained to me that even though I can’t see what is coming up that I can trust him. He is guiding me. He promised that he would never leave me and even at the times I feel alone, He is there. I had the overwhelming sense of peace and comfort. It was like he was holding me in his arms and no harm could come to me.
As much as I didn’t want to put my headlights back on the bright setting, God told me to make the switch, so I did. A few seconds later as I was feeling secure since I “thought” I could see everything and was feeling quite confident. At that very moment a big vulture flew right in front of me from the side of the road and I never saw him coming. I almost wet my pants it scared me so bad but then I just started laughing. I laughed so hard that I started crying. God’s message was loud and clear.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” – Psalms 37: 4-5
So in life when you plan and you think you are controlling things you have a false sense of comfort (bright lights on). Stay focused and be aware because that is when Satan loves to attack. He has a way of taking a very small negative thought and it snowballing into a seemingly impossible task. He takes a tiny insignificant mishap and turns it into a huge confrontation. When things start to unravel no matter how hard you work or plan, remember Satan is at work. He tells us that life is for us to control because God doesn’t love us. Why should he love us when we keep messing up? We are not worthy of God’s love.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
This is when you need God’s living word, His promises, to use as a weapon against Satan. You walk in faith knowing what you believe because God told you. It is scary because Satan is very powerful. He is not someone that we want to play around with. Take comfort in knowing that our God is GREATER!!
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
- When a negative thought arises – read God’s word, look up scriptures on fear/suffering/temptation/worry (download the app on your phone called Bible Promises).
- When Satan attacks – pray, immediately. If you don’t know what to say, just say Jesus over and over. He knows what you need and will give you peace and comfort.