Dear Precious Friends,
I pray you are embracing the gift of a new day and praising God for His goodness. As we walk into this new day we are reminded to walk by Faith and not by Sight. When it's hard to make a decision or know what to do next we must remember God's truth. It's so easy to go by our feelings instead of our faith.
The Bible is quick to tell us that our feelings (or hearts, more accurately) can’t be trusted.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5).
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered (Prov. 28:26).
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer. 17:9).
Why are our hearts deemed so untrustworthy? Two reasons: They are constantly changing and affected by sin.
Our feelings are about as certain as the sand on the beach. The sand is always being moved, pushed forward and backward by both wind and water. It’s kicked and thrown by people running across it, children building with it, and dogs digging in it. It may appear to be a solid foundation for your sandcastle, but add just a little too much water and the entire building will collapse.
Oswald Chambers states, “When you don’t know what to do, trust God and do the next thing. Take the next obvious step in front of you and trust God to lead you.” Those words truly minister to my spirit and help me take a new and different perspective on my situation.
I am reminded of Abraham, who trusted God and left all he knew to go to a promised land that he never lived to see.
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.” (Genesis 12)
As a result of his obedience, we are told, “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6 NIV). Abraham in essence did what Oswald Chambers encouraged believers to do, “Trust God and do the next thing.” What about us? Can we take the next step of faith in an unknown situation and trust God to be with us? As we prayerfully consider the next step to take, we can rest in the knowledge that God will go before us, leading us down the next path in my life’s journey toward the kingdom of God.
And that my friends is reason for a great big AMEN!!!