Do we live like God is faithful? Most all of us would ‘say’ that He is faithful, and that we have faith in Him, but do we really live that way? Are we anxious at times when we should be resting? Are we fearful of looming circumstances instead of anticipating God’s sovereignty? Are we so frustrated at the pace things seem to moving that we begin to wonder where God is, or what is He doing?
Ok… now that most of us have said yes, how do we get beyond that?
We must live our faith! There’s a great number of folks who believe that what’s in their heart and mind is all that really matters. But, is belief in Jesus Christ our Savior, the Son of the Living God, something that can be hid? Is there a way to walk through life truly believing this and never show it? Jesus said in Luke 11:33 “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.”
When our light is shining, it not only lights the way for others, but it also keeps our pathway lit! Let me encourage you today to keep a strong grip on the candlestick of your faith and lift it boldly.
One of the most well known passages in scripture is the Twenty-Third Psalm. You’re probably already going “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…” in your head. I encourage you to memorize all 6 verses if you haven’t already, but for now let’s look at verse 5a, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:” Let me ask… could you enjoy this meal? Is our faith lived out strongly enough, that when the Lord sets a meal before us, regardless of the opposition around us, could we sit and eat?
Now, I must say that’s not always how I feel, but I sure want it to be! The Lord doesn’t force us to partake of what is offered. That’s up to us. God does not take away man’s free will. I have experienced times in my life where I have approached this table, and was unable eat for lack of appetite, due to the frustrating things around me that had more of my attention than God did.
Now, if I believe God is faithful, and His Word is true, then it’s time I pull up a chair and start enjoying the meal. I now realize that I have missed out on blessings because I was waiting on circumstances to improve, and all the while the Lord is wanting me to enjoy His presence in spite of my circumstances! He’s all I need. I don’t have to wait on the world around me to change, I can enjoy His presence today.
I pray, “Lord, I choose to follow You and accept Your will for my life. I ask for courage to be at peace in the midst of my enemies, and in all the trials that this life brings. You are faithful, and I want my life to show it. Thank You Lord for providing all that I need.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.