“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
- Does this make me feel good?
- Is this true?
These are very different questions.
If the main question you ask in facing difficult decisions is, “How does this make me feel?”, you will never accomplish anything great. For great things require great sacrifice.
At some point in our history, the main question in life transitioned from “Is this true?” to “How does this make me feel?” And our families, communities, and countries have been paying the price.
There is no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year. But God never asked us if we “liked” 2020. What God does ask of us is that we remain steadfast and faithful to God. You don’t have to love 2020. But don’t overlook this season either. God doesn’t require perfect conditions to create beauty and purpose.
The reality is that God is at work right now. Yes. Even in 2020. There’s not been a single moment of 2020 when God has not been at work. In fact, God has equipped you, the Little Church, and Lakewoodgrace for fruitful ministry for this season.
Some are going through a really difficult season right now. I encourage you to pray that God opens your eyes to see how God is at work. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19).
Because 2020 has been such a difficult year, God chose you and me to be his church in such a time as this.
God is at work. God doesn’t need perfect conditions to accomplish his purposes. In fact difficult situations are the very ingredient needed for God to do what only God can do.
Friends, keep walking. Keep the faith. Keep obeying. “For we live by faith, not by sight.”