“Faith can be lived out only in real, present situations. Faith is obvious in our lives when we are confronted with an opportunity to believe God and we obey Him immediately.”
Henry Blackaby, Created to be God’s Friend
Faith isn’t to be reserved for special situations, rather it is to be the normal way we live our lives. Each day is to be lived through our faith in God as we trust Him to guide us through life and provide for our needs.
When we hear of extreme examples of faith like a person declaring, “Yes, I believe in God” when a gun is pointed at our head, or a husband and wife uprooting family to move to the Middle East because we heard the call of God, it is easy to think that is what faith looks like. We see faith as the fuel that helps people to do difficult and courageous tasks for God. In the process we forget the reality that without faith we cannot follow Jesus, even when the circumstances in our lives are easy.
Extreme stories of faith may motivate us for a moment and cause us to wonder if we have enough faith to follow Jesus into the unknown, but many times those stories don’t have a lasting impact on our lives. They are inspirational, but they don’t connect very well with our lives.
It is my firm belief that our faith is developed as we trust God through the small details of our lives. If we are not able to remain faithful in the small things, then there is little hope that we will remain faithful through the more difficult circumstances. The big difficulties of life don’t produce faith, rather they expose and refine our faith. The apostle Peter wrote:
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7; ESV)
Many of us want God to use us to make a difference in this world. We patiently wait for God to bring us our big opportunity. But that big opportunity never comes.
If we are waiting for a bigger opportunity, I think we should ask ourselves this question: “What makes me prepared for that big assignment?” God is not going to trust us with a bigger assignment if we have not shown that we can be faithful in the small details of life.
By living a life of faith each day we allow our lives to become a light in the world. A faithful life shows the people around us that there is a better way to live.
Not only do we become lights in the world, but we also learn to trust God. Living with faith through the everyday challenges is like taking baby steps. The more we experience God at work in our lives, the more confident we will be to trust Him when the big challenges come our way. In other words our small acts of obedience today are like practice, preparing us for the big game tomorrow.
Erwin McManus wrote; “God loves to use our faithfulness to inspire the faith of others” (Seizing Your Divine Moment; p. 216). This provides a final reason why living by faith in every area of our lives is important. Our example of faith can become an inspiration for other. Just as we have been inspired through the stories and examples of other people, we can inspire other people through our example of faith.
Faith is not reserved for the difficult experiences of life. Faith is the natural and normal way Christians are to live. As we trust God in the small areas of life we are taught to trust Him in every area of our lives. This makes it possible for us to show the world that a life of faith is a better way to live.