It is safer and healthier to live by faith than to live by doubt and wishful thinking. Those things produce only tension and high blood pressure and make people angry at the world because they can’t see past their weak hope. Those who live by faith confound the world’s understanding with their peace and joy in the midst of difficulty. Like Jesus, they can rest during storms.
God says, “You aren’t supposed to live by what you see, but by what I told you.” (See 2 Corinthians 5:7.) That means what you know is more important than what you see. Much of what you see contradicts what you know from God’s Word, but what you know can supersede what you see. If you know that God will deliver you from every tribulation (see 2 Timothy 4:18), your “problems” are no more than temporary discomforts.
I don’t use the word problems anymore because I understand that everything is under God’s command. The Bible says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Everything, without exception, works for my good because I’m called according to God’s purpose and will. I am confident in the knowledge that He “calls things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). If I live only by what I see, I live in sin. “Everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). There are many such sinners in the church who rebel against God’s will by living according to what they see rather than by what God says.
Father, thank You that all things work to my good because I love you and am called according to Your purpose. As I abide in Your Word, I believe my faith will grow so I can live by what I know about You, and not only by what I see in this world. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Faith grows out of one thing—the Word of God.
Reading: 2 Kings 1–3; Luke 24:1–35
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)