What Faith Looks Like
It looks impossible, doesn’t it? The thing you’re facing poses so much resistance that you doubt you will see a favorable outcome.
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done (Psalm 118:13-17).
Your call to be faithful in the trial is really a call to put all of your trust in the Lord. Not some. All.
If, in the midst of the struggle, you realize something is out of order and needs to be righted, you’re what I call a current-changer. You seek God for wisdom about the circumstance, and you act upon the revelation.
To understand the walk of faith required for acting upon the revelation, imagine a”river current” that kids in a swimming pool create when they go around and around the interior of the pool’s perimeter. Their repeated motion in the same direction creates a current, and, eventually, swimmers will automatically float in the direction of the current with little effort of their own. But, when one decides to change the direction of the current, she turns the opposite direction and begins to push against its strength. What initially begins as a struggle becomes increasingly easy with each passing lap. The current moves with the same force but in the opposite direction.
I use this example because, if you’ve ever tried to go against the flow of a current, then you know the struggle. Perhaps the figurative current you’re going against is your old lifestyle. You’ve repented of your ways when you confessed your faith in Jesus’ salvation, and now you live empowered by the grace of God. You’re going against the current. The things of the past may present themselves as fresh opportunities, but your faith calls you to push ahead and not give in to the thrust of their force. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation (Psalm 118:13-14).
Maybe your role as a current-changer is for changing the atmosphere of your home. Your excitement over your marriage has diminished, and you have moved from a level of contentment to tolerance to utter disdain for your spouse. To turn in the opposite direction is to trust fully the faithfulness of God to restore love and honor to your relationship. The flow working against you is strong, but you do not give in to the old practices of criticism or repaying hurt with hurtful words and actions. Your faith sees a better day for your home. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” (Psalm 118:115-116).
Many of us know the call to remain faithful against the force of the current when our health is on the line. In those seasons we set our eyes on God’s promises and push into the resistance. The faith walk into that current is the trust walk. We keep declaring the scriptures because we trust that God’s Word is true for ourselves and everyone else under Jesus’ covenant of blood. Even when there’s no evidence of change, we keep moving against the current, because we know that any name seeking to exalt itself above the name of Jesus Christ was already defeated. I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done (Psalm 118:17).
If current circumstances tempt you to believe God will not uphold His Word, go back to the truth of His character and rehearse His attributes, for He is unchanging- the Eternal Father who has already proven His love for you.