“Dare to live without answers because God gives His hand.” – Author Unknown
I ran across this quote in our camper the other day. A magnet that I am not sure I had really noticed or read closely before. Honestly, I am not even sure where it came from, but sudden there it was before me with all its impact and strength.
Although I try to live by Faith as I shared in my last post, something moved me when I read this quote. Something about the word DARE. Do I DARE to live without answers yet as God would have me live. 2 Corinthians 5:7 reads, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ Is my life an example to others around me? Do others seek what they see in me that is different? “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” reads 1 Timothy 4:12. So many questions come to mind when I read this and so many verse prick my heart and cause me to stop and evaluate who I am and what my life and heart says to others.
Where do I turn first, to prayer. God has always called us into relationship with him through prayer. I pray for his guidance in my life, I pray for his hand in my life, and I pray that he shows me the path and life he has prepared for me. I pray that evil does not interfere with that plan. Matthew 21:22 reminds me to pray, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith”. I must dare to pray and have faith in God’s love for me to answer prayer by his will and not mine.
Living by God’s will and not my own is even harder, Do I live for God or myself? Do others see God or do I just show work for my own glory? I know that I must seek God and His plan. I know that only God can shine if I push myself back away and let His glory be what others see. I know that I have to live by faith in order to live out his plan for my life. Hebrews 11:6 promises this to me, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
I go and seek God and pray for his hand to direct my life in his will. I pray that he will show me how to live my life to glorify him and not myself before others. I pray for him to teach me to serve and not boast. I pray for him to guard my tongue so it guides others and does not gossip about them. I pray to live for God and live by Christ’s example to me. 1 Peter 2:21, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
Closing Verse: Ephesians 4:24 “And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Challenge: Dare to live by God’s Will through Faith and not your own.