“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
-2 Corinthians 5:7
We take a lot of things for granted , don’t we? We expect when we turn on the faucet that water will come out, and not just water but hot water will be ready on demand when we want it. We expect that when we plug something into the wall it will have power, that electricity will flow into it and allow us to use that device. We expect that when we put the key in the ignition the car will start and take us where we want to go. We expect when we tap those buttons on our phones we will be instantly connected to someone, anywhere they may be in the world. We could probably continue to list things we expect to happen until this newsletter was full. But the truth of the matter is that few of us understand how all those things actually are accomplished. We may have a basic understanding of some of those processes, but few of us understand all the intricacies of what makes those things possible. Even with our lack of knowledge we still believe that those things will happen.
When it comes down to it our faith life is not a whole lot different. We do not fully understand God and God’s ways, yet we still believe. Sometimes that belief, that faith, doesn’t come easy and we may struggle to believe. If you’ve ever felt that struggle you are not alone. If we want to be honest with ourselves we’ve all had that struggle at some time in our lives. However, I came across these words this week and they really struck me:
I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining.
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.
Those words were found scratched into a wall at Auschwitz. In one of the worst places, worst situations an individual could have ever found themselves. Yet whomever this person was still KNEW that God was with them, even if they couldn’t feel it or hear it in that moment. That, my friends, is faith. Sometimes it goes beyond all reason or understanding. Sometimes those who don’t have it or are struggling with it will think it is crazy to believe. But as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “we walk by faith, not by sight.” Sometimes all we can do is take the next step, not knowing where it will lead.
No, I do not fully understand God and God’s ways. I don’t have the processing power in my brain to do so. But I do have faith in God. A God who is good, a God who loves each and every one of us. Let us continue to hold tight to that faith, that belief in things we cannot see, even through life’s valleys until we emerge on the other side into the light of God’s love.
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