Have you ever been reading through the Bible and all of the sudden a verse or phrase jumps out at you and you think, “Wait, what?”? That happened to me this morning and as I was pondering, God started revealing His nature and it was an astounding and lovely revelation. God’s promises and His blessings are activated by faith. Sounds simple right? Wrong! God is able to do amazing and mind-blowing things at any moment but at times, He waits on us to have the faith needed to receive from Him. He could so easily just make ever single dream come true, but that wouldn’t increase our faith, He would just be a holy ATM.
Let’s take a closer look at Isaiah 54:1. For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman. How on earth is that possible? It’s not! On earth, with only our earthly human abilities, no woman who is unable to have children will ever have more children than a woman who is fertile. And here is where most of us stop. “It’ll never work”. “I can’t do that, I’m not able”. We recite the lies of this world that say no instead of invading the truths of heaven that say yes. Our human viewpoint can’t get there because we can see all of the reasons it’s never going to happen so we walk away and we miss the invitation. The invitation comes in the Word of God saying, “I’m asking you to live by faith. I know it looks hopeless but how it “looks” and how it actually is are two different things. Live by faith.”
Now, here’s the other catch: historical data. I bet you could all rattle off a list of things you’ve had faith for that didn’t happen, God didn’t step in. I would challenge you to look again through the lens of heaven, not the lens of earth. Sometimes the thing we are asking for is simply answered in a way we didn’t really want because our hearts want things made whole now and God wants things made truly whole for eternity. Just off the top of my head I can think of situations like someone is sick and they die when we prayed for healing; marriages fail when we prayed for restoration; children wander when we prayed for salvation. All of these situations create doubt and make living by faith so much harder. And yet, God’s Word never erases Isaiah 54:1, For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman.
Faith doesn’t mean understanding. I don’t have to understand in order to live by faith and in fact, the odds are not stacked in my favor that I WILL understand here on earth. Faith is hope, hope in what I cannot see and do not know will actually happen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith shifts our gaze from the temporal and earthly to the eternal and heavenly. When things are falling apart, faith prays, “God, I don’t know what you’re doing so please show me what I need to know. I believe You are good and that You have a good plan, help me increase my faith that You are at work and will reveal all that I need in perfect timing. Help me process any disappointment or pain and don’t let the enemy have any entrance. I love You.”
Living by faith is risky and the reward is amazing, abundant and out of this world! Living by faith in God sets you up for abundance, joy, freedom, love, grace, peace and all of the blessings of heaven. Living by faith doesn’t mean you have to understand, or even like what’s happening. It simply means you are putting God first and trusting that He is working everything out for your good (Romans 8:28). You may never see the outcome but that doesn’t mean God didn’t answer, it just means His timing isn’t yours. Live by faith, my friends, it’s worth the risk.