A Walk of Faith
One of the most beautiful aspects of our faith is the reliance on the Holy Spirit of God. We believe the Lord guides us by His Spirit; that the Holy Spirit will guide our steps and stops. We believe the Holy Spirit guides us through the circumstances of our lives and provides for all our needs. The complete trusting of the Holy Spirit of God is the key to a walk of faith that is vibrant and confident.
The Holy Spirit guides our walk of faith in various ways in different times of our lives. There are times we know exactly where the Holy Spirit is taking us because the Lord has given us a glimpse of His will or because we have asked the Lord for that very thing. Other times we have an idea where the Holy Spirit is taking us but we are not sure which path He will use to get us there. And still other times when we have no idea what the Holy Spirit is leading us to; we are mentally blind and cannot see where we are going. We must let the Holy Spirit take us by the hand and bring us to the other side, we can trust Him. Whenever we have a life characterized by trust, regardless of our circumstances, it is a walk of faith.
Jesus tells us not to worry. He said, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” For us walking by faith means we know the Lord is clothing us. We know the Lord is by our side, seeing everything and providing for our every need. We know the Lord is caring for us because we both see and sense His Holy Spirit at work.
It takes time to develop the habit of walking by faith. Each morning we must awake and make the pronouncement, “Yes, Lord, I trust you,” and continue surrendering our will to God throughout the day by leaning on Him for everything we do, say and think. Doing this everyday, coupled with the daily reading of the Word and prayer will generate the sweet habit of a faithful walk.
One of my favorite childhood memories is sailing with friends off the coast of Sea Isle City, New Jersey. I remember the warm sunshine, the rainbow colored sail, the serene blue sky and the sparkling green sea. I learned how easily and fast the boat moved if you simply allowed the boat to go with the wind. This is just like walking by faith. You put up the sail and allow the wind to carry you. The wind is the Holy Spirit, and the sail is a trusting heart. There will be times when the wind moves you speedily and times when the wind is still. But have confidence and allow yourself to be moved by the Holy Spirit at His pace. Even if the seas are rough, His Spirit will be your constant companion and guide you to your destination. His Word assures us that regardless of the circumstances you will be loved and protected until you come to a place of His rest. The Holy Spirit guides us in proportion to the trust we place in Him. A walk of faith is a walk trusting the wonderful Holy Spirit of God.