Each year at our church we choose a theme – something about the Christian life that we want to emphasize throughout the year. Our theme for this year is Everything by Faith. It comes from the Apostle Paul’s statement, the life which I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20). Paul considered his life to be dead and the life of Christ to be alive in him so that everything he did in this life he did by and through faith. Faith was the ruling factor in his life. The Apostle’s life was all about trusting God in every circumstance, in every decision, in every moment.
As Christians we are to live, like the Apostle Paul, every moment of every day by faith. That means trusting God in everything. It won’t be easy – in fact it will be difficult. Your flesh doesn’t want to live by faith; the world will tempt you not to live by faith; Satan will oppose you if you try to live by faith. But living by faith is the goal of our lives on this earth.
But what does trusting God in everything look like on a practical level? It’s one thing to say that you trust God, it’s another thing to know what trust actually looks like. Let me give you some snapshots of trust that I’ve recently shared with our church family plus a few additional ones.
Trusting God is to believe, embrace and act on the truth that . . .
You are important to Him even when it seems like He’s forgotten you (John 3:16, Matthew 10:39-41)
He knows and will always do what is best for your life (Philippians 1:6)
He knows what is going on in your life and is involved in ways that you cannot see (Romans 8:28, Philippians 2:13)
He is leading your life to make you into someone He wants you to be (Romans 8:29)
His desire for your life is better than anything you could come up with (that’s just common sense)
His work in your life is rooted in His extreme love for you (Romans 5:8)
He can turn the bad of your life into something good (Genesis 50:20)
Your life is not spinning out of control because He is in control (Isaiah 14:24)
If you follow Him it’s the right thing to do even when it means that things don’t always go smoothly for you (1 Peter 1:3-9)
If you choose to follow Him and live life His way it will all work out in the end (1 Peter 1:6-7,9)
He can and will help you in ways that are best for you (Hebrews 2:18, 4:16)
What looks like a failure in life to you He can turn into something that looks like a success to Him (remember Peter? John 21:15-17)
When you can’t explain what God is doing in your life you accept it knowing that there will be a day when it will all make sense (1 Corinthians 13:12)
You will be more like Jesus when He’s done with you than you were when He started (Romans 8:29)
Remember that the Christian life is not about what we can see, but Who we trust. Our motto is and must be we walk by faith [always trusting] not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Stay in the Word