walking by faith

Life is interesting, to say the least. We have moments of unexplained euphoria where everything seems to be going our way. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and everyone loves us. Then there are the other times when it seems every moment presents us with a new challenge and our spiritual, mental and financial resources are taxed to their breaking point.

There is, however, one other category we need to consider and that is the no-man’s land somewhere between the two extreme areas previously mentioned. It is generally referred to as the mundane, the day-in-day-out, the same-old same-old. For me, it is well represented by that period of time immediately following the holidays. All the gifts have been opened, the big meal has been eaten, family has said goodbye and I have traveled home and settled back into the routine of day-to-day responsibility.

The same thing happens to us spiritually. We have those euphoric moments when we are making huge gains in our spirituality. We also have those very trying moments when our faith is tested to its very limit. However, the majority of our life is spent somewhere in the middle – the mundane. How do we deal with that?

Paul gives us the key in 2 Corinthians 5:7 when he reminds us that we “walk by faith, not by sight.” The Message version restates the verse this way: “It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going.” I like that because it reminds us that the key is to just keep going. Everything is not always going to go our way. Everything is not always going to be a party. Sometimes our only option is to endure, but the Word of God counsels us “not (to) allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10, The Message)


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