How to Walk In Faith When What’s Next Is Unknown
‘We fight from victory.’
As I pondered the different things this statement means I found myself smiling. I thought about faith and in particular, faith being a gift from God.
At times I have been complemented for having faith when it comes to stepping out for God- the faith to hear and to do, mostly in relation to the missionary call that God has placed on my life. At first, in my less holy response, I beamed with pride at the praise and congratulated myself too but almost straight away I felt the amusement of my Father and I was quickly reminded that my faith was actually a gift from Him, and absolutely nothing to do with my own ability! Faith is a weapon that enables us to complete His call and purposes in our lives. It is part of our Saintly equipping. Yes, we have to partner with that gift, but ultimately, the victory is His.
The Call to Obedience
I love how this works. He gives us a task, enables us to do it and then we not only receive the fruit of the outcome but we get to experience the sheer joy of obedience, the knowledge that the Father spoke, led us and met us in a beautiful way. It’s the choice to leap off a cliff and into the safety of His arms-doubts and imperfect faith included-and feel His embrace as He catches us.
It was this experience that caused me to cry out to God my continual desperate prayer, that He would not give me a normal life but a life of faith, filled with wonder and knowledge of His presence.
How He has honored that prayer in my life!
I have stories of miraculous provision and favor, memories I will share and treasure, but what people don’t always realize is that behind each story is another of challenge, of risk, of stepping out on what I believe to be a highlighted scripture or a whisper to my heart that tells me once again it is time to go.
When Faith and Obedience Don’t Make Sense
God doesn’t always give precise clear instructions or bullet points. He is a creative God who is always speaking and He loves to communicate in ways that cause us to dig deeper, pull closer.. like a treasure hunt.
God has often called me at short notice to go on mission, usually for a few months at a time. Once I begin to move in what He has spoken to my heart- through His word and everything around me, I then have to battle through the doubters. These are the people who love me, but are afraid for me. Who aren’t so sure that I’ve heard God’s voice or discerned His leading because it does not make sense to them.
I understand that. I understand why my mom was upset when her only daughter rang to say she was flying out alone to Africa because “God said.” I understand friends who tell me not to resign from my job because they think God would, of course, line up my little ducks first. It’s important to seek wise Godly counsel and to be part of a community that love and seek God, especially when making big decisions, but it’s also important to know what God has spoken to you and understand that not everyone will get it.
More often than not my ducks aren’t lined up at all- He calls me to jump into the ocean first, not a duck in sight, promising I will find them in there, somehow! We are not called to understand, but to trust.
Putting Your Faith to Work
The book of James explains that faith is faith and works combined. That we are not to be only hears of the word but doers of the word. We are to hear His word and to obey it fully. Abraham’s faith was justified through not just hearing God’s instruction but acting on it with the laying of his son on the altar.
Do you see that faith working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? James 2:22
Just recently I heard the call to go again. After a lot of praying, fasting, reading, talking and listening I resigned from my job and I’m due to go the Philippines in one month from now. As of yet I have no provision to get there, no money to sustain me and no job for when I return home. I do, however, have a deep peace in my heart and I know that through this particular trip God has been doing something much deeper. He is bringing me back to that place of childlike trust, that place of “Yes, Daddy”.
One morning, feeling particularly vulnerable, I asked the Lord if I had heard Him wrong because of the lack of provision. The answer I read a few minutes later was a beautiful and loving rebuke that has sustained me in these past few weeks of not seeing any movement.
But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, you do not see? Having ears, you do not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets of fragments did you take up?”
They said to Him “Twelve.”
“Also when I broke the seven for the four thousand how many large baskets of fragments did you take up? And they said “Seven.”
So He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?”
Mark 8. 17-21
A Little Bit Of Patience and a Whole Lot of Trust
So I wait. I trust and I remain confident of that I will see the goodness of the Lord. For what’s the alternative? If we don’t take the risk faith asks us to we may live safe lives, blessed and comfortable.. but is this really what we want? I know I want to be someone who hears His voice and obeys. I want to take the risk and see Him move the mountain. I want to be the one who jumps- and even if or when I do get it wrong, I learn from it and don’t allow it to hold me back through a place of fear.
Faith is risky. But I believe in a God of miracles. I believe we are meant to do greater things in our lives that what Jesus did. I believe in pursuing Him with every part of me already knowing that it will never be enough because to have more of Him is to always to need more of Him.
He has called us in to lives of radical obedience, of reaching the lost, the poor, and the demonized. We are to bring His hope, love and freedom. We are to know Him and make Him known.
So today, hear His voice and obey. Whatever it is, whatever it looks like in your life- do it. He will use it and His name will be glorified. Have faith in Him for He is worthy.
Dreamer, writer, missionary and Northern Irish girl living for Jesus! She love baking, reading, autumn, and has a slight obsession with pumpkins and Christmas. Val has a huge heart for the church and seeing believers equipped and walking in their calling and identity.
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