This morning in my time with the Lord, I listened to a commentary on Psalm 46. The pastor mentioned that real faith is not “if-faith”, but “though-faith.” I’ve been pondering this statement all morning long. Real faith is not the kind of faith that says, “If you do this, I’ll believe” or “If this happens, I’ll trust” or “If this never happens to me, I’ll trust that You are a good God.” No, real faith says, “I’ll trust you even though……”. Even though things didn’t go like I wanted, even though my heart is broken, even though things are hard and make no sense. Even though there is pain and evil and hardship in this world.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear THOUGH the earth gives way,
THOUGH mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
THOUGH its waters roar and foam,
THOUGH the mountains tremble at its swelling. Ps 46:1-3
Later during the day this blog post that I wrote one year ago today popped up in my facebook feed. And wouldn’t you know, the post is all about Faith! And a year later, I’m still traveling a road that is leading me through unknown, unfamiliar, unwelcome and often scary territory. And a year later, my companion is still Faith….and Faith is proving to be just the Companion that I need to get me through this journey!
Who Is Your Travel Companion?
03 JUN 2015
For the last 18 months or so, I have felt lost. Like I’m wandering aimlessly, not really knowing where I’m going. I’m traveling a road I don’t want to travel….a road that is leading me through a place I don’t know and I am not comfortable with; unfamiliar territory that is often lonely and frightening. And the really hard part is this: I don’t even know where this road is taking me. I don’t know the purpose in taking this road, this journey.
Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re on a road that you aren’t comfortable being on, but there’s no way to turn around and take another way? The only way to wherever you’re going is down this frightening, lonely, frustrating road. We all find ourselves on these roads at times in our lives. Maybe you’re like me, and the death of your spouse has put you on this road. Maybe it’s the death of a parent, or child. Maybe it’s a failed marriage or relationship that has you on this lonely road; or maybe the lack of a marriage or relationship. It could be difficult financial situations that has you on a road filled with hardship and frustration, or a physical condition that has put you there. Our lives are made of up many of these difficult, scary, lonely roads.
I believe that the only way to get safely to the end of these roads is to travel with a companion. That companion’s name is Faith. Faith to know that there is a purpose, there is a reason, there is an end. Faith to know that we are not alone and that Christ has already gone down this road ahead of us to prepare the way. Faith to know that even though the whole world may seem like it’s against us, He is for us. Faith to know that everything that happens to us is for our good and His glory. Now, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I didn’t say that our companion’s name is Understanding. Because I don’t understand the purpose or reason for being on this road. Nor do I understand how traveling this road can be for my good. What I did say is that our companion’s name is Faith. Faith to believe all these things, even when I don’t understand them. Faith to believe that even if I never fully realize the purpose of my journey this side of Heaven, one day I will understand.
I was reminded of this in my time with the Lord this morning. I was reading Hebrews 11….often referred to as the “Hall of Faith”. I was reminded of how Abraham was called to travel a road that he knew nothing about and to go, not knowing where he was going. God called him to leave all that he knew and was familiar with. It wasn’t an easy road for Abraham…it was a long, difficult journey. But, Abraham was blessed for his faithfulness. I feel just like that. I’ve been called to leave a place that I never wanted to leave, a place that I loved and was comfortable with and secure in, to go to a place that I know nothing about. But just like Abraham, I am choosing to take Faith as my companion, trusting that the Lord is leading me into the land of promise! I pray that if you are one of the many who are on a road you’d rather not be on and you don’t even know where you’re going, that you will also choose to take Faith as your companion!
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise. Hebrews 11:8-9
Trusting His Plan,