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What is it like to walk by faith? When I purchased my house, I wondered if I was making the right decision. I said as much to my realtor who was quick to reply, “You won’t really know until you’ve lived there a while.” At the time, I found his comment frustrating and equally irritating. I wanted to know before, not after. He only seemed to be confirming that I was making a mistake.
Now, having lived in this house for a while, I can see how it is both a blessing and a curse (so to speak). I know my house. I know its location, what rooms I like, and what rooms I don’t. This revelation has only come because I’ve lived here.
I’m not sure what would have happened if I hadn’t purchased it. Well, actually, I can say for sure that I’d be living somewhere else. But it was this house I decided to purchase. And it has moved my life forward in some ways did not anticipate.
Do you feel stuck? Do you wonder what you are supposed to do with your life? Do you have a big decision looming but you never seem to know enough to make it? Does making no decision seem the like best decision?
What is Faith Really?
If you are in a boat, but it isn’t moving, you are dead in the water. Taking some kind of action allows you to evaluate your decision and make any course corrections.
Faith is really action taken while being mindful of God. Nobody knows what is going to happen next in life. But life isn’t meant to be lived on the sidelines. It’s not meant to be lived adrift on the ocean without direction.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1 NIV
There isn’t any way to know what will happen until after some steps forward. You can make an educated guess, but the only way to know for sure is to live and then look back and see how you did.
Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.–Soren Kierkegaard
Faith is not Reckless
Hopefully what I have said so far has freed you up some. You don’t need to feel guilty about the decisions you have made. Life is for living. Living means being active in pursuit of something. Give some aspect of life all that you’ve got.
I am not advocating for reckless actions without consideration of God’s direction and what seems wise and prudent. You won’t get very far without God anyway. A sailboat is powered by the wind. This is similar to the Christian life.
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’John 3:8 NIV
For your boat to move, you must put out your sail. For your life to move you must put out your faith.
God knows that you don’t know exactly what is going to happen next. He prefers that you focus on unfurling your faith while He focuses on fueling your fate.
Life is not pointless, but it can seem futile sometimes. If you become discouraged and feel safe with indecision, remember that one of the devil’s main goals is to encourage ineffective living. Take some time to read the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Consider how you can put your God-given abilities to work and hear someday:
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’Matthew 25:21 NIV
Matt Pavlik is a licensed professional clinical counselor who wants to see each individual restored to their true identity. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling individuals and couples at his Christian counseling practice, New Reflections Counseling. Matt and Georgette have been married since 1999 and live with their four children in Centerville, Ohio.