Walking by faith when everything seems to be fine isn’t hard to do. But what happens when the road goes blank—without warning? Can you keep the faith when you don’t understand what just happened?
The element of shock is a great way to test faith’s authenticity.
Is your faith genuine or superficial?
Recently, I was working on a project when my faith was challenged in such a way that it threw me for a loop. I knew without a doubt that the assignment I was working on was in God’s will. But without warning, it seemed as if God had thrown me under the bus. I couldn’t figure out why He would do me like that.
Is the baby clutching the furniture really walking?
TEST! TEST! TEST was blinking in my head like a neon sign flashing in the night. I talk too much about passing life’s tests not to understand what was going on. So, I dusted myself off and continued on with the assignment God had asked me to do. I kept quoting and reading Scriptures like Hebrews 13:5b-6:
“I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” 6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (AMP)
This experience reminded me:
- Sometimes God will take us through a test for another person’s benefit.
- God trusted Job to keep the faith when his life took a left turn. (Job 2:1-6)
- God is in control. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Don’t overly analyze situations that you don’t understand. That tangled web will put you in a demonic knot of confusion. Instead, give it all to the One Who does understand.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.