The world is crazy right now, wouldn’t you agree? We are trying to make sense out of something that seems to be beyond our comprehension. I find myself posting “Can you believe this?” posts constantly on Facebook, to the extent I am making myself crazy. And to make matters worse, we feel that if we try hard enough, we will come to an understanding of what is happening everywhere around us. We will put some rhyme or reason on the craziness we are seeing. Because isn’t that human nature….to want to control every detail of our lives? To want to make order out of chaos?
But, I am coming to understand more and more that there truly is a bigger picture unfolding. Cerebrally, we can know something, but when it comes to applying that knowledge, it becomes an entirely different matter. I believe we are truly being called more now than ever to live by faith, not by sight. There are so many mysteries that we will never fully understand. When you think of God, you think of His mysterious, majestic presence and cannot begin to fully wrap your head around it.
Yet, we want God to fix things. We want him to fix this world. But know that life will go on. It does not matter if you get it. It does not matter if you understand. It does not matter if we don’t see the big picture. Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.
Out of all of the indefinites, all of the mysteries, we have been given this simple statement that God is not only at work, but He is working for the good of those who love Him, according to his purpose. Have you ever asked for something and what you got in return was far beyond what you could even hope for? That is the way it is with God. He gives us far more than we can even begin to comprehend, because He gives it “according to His purpose.” We ask for “good” and He always gives “the best”.
So how do we learn to seek His Will and live by faith?
- First of all you have to “know him”. How do you come to know him? Well, He reveals himself through His Word, through experiences, through the Holy Spirit and through circumstances. Spend time in the Word. He will reveal Himself, His works, and His love for us since the beginning of time.
- Secondly, you have to accept the gift of salvation He offers through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Have you ever been offered a gift and just chose to set it on a shelf to look at the pretty wrapping? I would venture to say “No”. A gift consists of what is inside it. To receive God’s gift, we must open it! We must say “Yes!” Simple as that.
- Third, you have to spend time talking with Him. We do this through “prayer” and daily quiet time. Prayer does not always consist of you talking or asking, but rather it is a two way conversation. There are so many components to prayer. Confession, Praise, Petition, Intercession, and Thanksgiving are but a few ways we communicate. You talk, and then you listen. Does this mean you will hear an audible reply? No….but you will hear from Heaven in so many ways. Sometimes we just need to be still and pay attention.
Last, Share His Love. Love is an action. His gift of salvation for us, is not for us alone. It is a gift to share with this crazy world that is not making sense right now. Now, more than ever, we must be diligent in telling others about God’s love. People need hope. People are in need of love. People are in need of peace.
We who know who we serve, must begin to live like we know it. This means aligning ourselves Scripturally with God’s Word and with His Will. It means “doing what He calls us to do”. That first step always begins with loving each other and then pointing others to Him.
May you all have a very blessed Merry Christmas with your loved ones and family. And remember….Wise men still seek him! If you are not already on that journey for yourself, now is as good a time as any to begin.