Faith. That is my one word for 2018. What does faith look like? I practice faith in inanimate objects every day. The chair I sit in, the car I drive, even the food I eat. I trust in these things to assist my daily life. I don’t think about it; I just do it. But I want this year to be something more than the everyday faith. I want it to be real and alive. I want my faith in God to expand so that I can live out a life totally reliant on Him and not on the things around me.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1
We all practice faith on a daily basis, but is it an active faith or an inactive faith? Am I aware of everything I have in my life; do I take life for granted and forget to acknowledge the One who allowed my life to exist?
I want this year to be different. I wish I could say I have the unyielding faith Peter had when he first stepped out onto the water to run toward Jesus, but I am afraid I fall severely short of that goal. I am more like Peter moments later when he started to sink. He walked only for a moment until he started to look around and his mind snapped to human reality, which made him focus on his own problems instead of the goal, that is Jesus Christ.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” ~ Proverbs 3:5
I want this year to stretch the boundaries of my faith to a point where I trust Him from the smallest to the biggest parts of my life. God said He would never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5).
So my goal for this year, maybe you could even call it a New Year’s resolution, is to have an active faith. A faith that finds everything around me as a chance to trust in God fully and not rely on my own ambitions. I hope I can fully trust in the God of this world in every aspect of my life.
Struggles in faith are caused by personal goals not met, or family trouble, or betrayal of friends, or death. These things may be troubling and plague our very lives with constant turmoil, but I hope faith can be renewed because of the truths and mercies of God found in His Word.
I chose to take Proverbs 3:5 and John 16:33 to heart and have a much deeper, active faith in God this year.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ God
I want my faith to go far beyond the bounds of my own understanding, and trust the words of Christ who said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
I love the quote in Hillsong United’s Ocean song,
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me . . . ” ~ Hillsong United, Oceans