Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) When we place our faith in God, we are confident in what we trusted him for and sure of it because it has not manifested yet in our lives. We have to live as if it were already there. That is true faith! All you need is a small amount of faith and it can move mountains. Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
I am sure we all have had to make major decisions in our lives. There are times when we don’t know what to do. Great pressure is placed on us all to live according to God’s will and be an outstanding Christian. If you don’t know all the details, trust that God does and that He will work those details out. All you have to do is believe that you are making the right decision and God will take care of the rest. If you make a mistake, He will still honor you and make your path straight because He knows your heart. Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)
There are many examples in the bible of known characters that placed their faith in God and He came through for them. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. Hebrews 11:30(NIV) Joshua [succeeded Moses] was the one who led the army on that march that tore down the walls of Jericho. He thought it strange that God would instruct him to march around the walls for seven days. He placed his faith in God, simply obeyed and the walls tumbled down as God said they would. By faith Noah, when warned about the things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews 11:7 (NIV) God told Noah that He was going to bring a flood and wipe the people off the face of the earth because they were wicked and had evil in their hearts all the time. Genesis 6:7 (NIV) God instructed Noah on how to build an ark in Genesis 6:14-16. Noah didn’t know when the flood was coming. Matter of fact it didn’t come until about 100 years later. The flood came as God said it would and Noah and his family were saved while all others were killed along with the animals and plant life. You see Noah didn’t see the storm but he built the ark like he was told because he had trusted that God would do what He said He would do.
Faith is dead if there is no action behind it. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds [works] is dead. James 2:26 (NIV) In the two examples above, those two men put faith with their actions, and God moved in a mighty way. Those examples are there for us to follow. When God tells you to do something that you don’t understand, just do it and know that He’s right there with you every step of the way. The best blessings come from simply obeying God. Peace and blessings to you all in Christ.