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Who’s driving your car?

So we have a new driver in the house.

Since about June. It’s got everyone riled up. And it’s not because she’s such a bad driver. It’s because we are all such control freaks. And we just want a smooth, adequate speedily ride without cause for ulcers and stomach disorders.

She’s learning and she will be a good driver one day. But usually I would just rather drive. Especially in the carpool lane and on the way to church. Two very key happenings that require speed and agility.

This morning I was thinking about the passenger seat and how hard it is for me to sit there with an inexperienced driver. It’s frightening. I’m not gonna lie.. I have stomped hard on the floor and beat on the dash on more than one occasion in the past few months.

I lack faith in the driver.

Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

What is Faith defined as?

Dictionary.com says this…

Faith

1.

confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.

2.

belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
When I send my loved ones out into the day I have Faith that they will return home later. I believe that I will see them in about 7 hours.
In fact if I were to doubt seriously that they would return to me I would never get them out of bed.
So Faith is believing in something I can’t see or prove will actually happen.
And God says, Without faith it is impossible to please me. Heb 11:6
So we can feed the poor, cloth the naked, visit the sick, care for our families, give all we have… But if we don’t trust him he isn’t pleased.
Is it easier for you to do something rather than believe something?
Why?
Could it be because by doing something we actually see and participate in the action?
In believing  something, while it still is action, can’t always be clearly seen. So we must have faith that it will happen as we have been told.
And this is a part of  the followers life that requires our being willing to look stupid to others for the sake of the call on our life.
Have you ever done that?
Something that seemed so foolish in your natural thinking but you know that God is asking you to either let go of something or walk in a direction that is not a popular decision. Even to other followers.
So in Faith you walked.
And now you still walk.
And you haven’t seen many results.
You are tempted to lack faith.
You may waver and start  asking for more specifics.

Hebrews 11 records the wall of Faith for us to look up to… Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses…. People of Faith. But verse 13 says… “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance”.

Does that strike you as odd?

These Wall of Faithers never got to see on earth what God had promised them.

It did not matter so much to our hero’s of faith if they had in hand what they were promised because they knew in their hearts they could trust God’s faithfulness.

So how did they continue in their faith?
Because “They admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they left, they would have had opportunity to return.” 14,15
Have you been thinking about a country you left?
Maybe not a literal one. But a situation that was comfortable. You kind of liked it there and God asked you to step out in Faith and now you want to return to the place you knew well.  Maybe it’s a lifestyle or a friendship. Perhaps it’s a job or church. Maybe it’s an actual place and you wish for your old life again.
Verse 16 says… “Instead they were longing for a better country~A heavenly one~ Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
Are you kidding me?
What an exchange!
It can’t get any better than that!
When we walk in Faith in all our situations. Listening for him. Being quick to obey his voice. Believing whatever he is allowing us to walk through is part of his plan for us that includes another city and a country that we belong to, we  Walk by Faith.
 I am just the passenger believing that as the perfect driver he will get me safely home.
He may take me on a route I may have not thought to go.
But he orders our steps.
I can relax with him in the driver seat. He needs no GPS.
Today what is he asking you to Believe him For?

It’s all good. He is trustworthy.

Maybe you are walking in faith and have been tempted to give up.
Your prize awaits you.

Rise up oh men and women of Faith.

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4 responses »

  1. Rose, I needed to “hear” this today…….thanks

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  2. thanks, rose… i have always felt i was, and claimed to be, a faithful person. but the past week, God has really been hitting me over the head with every little decision. “Don’t you trust me? Don’t you trust me?”
    I, too, am a control freak… and it’s becoming painfully obvious to me that too often, i lack faith in Him.
    Thanks for being yet another bop on the head… i needed that! 🙂

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