Mark Alan Williams
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows
the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers
Faith never knows where it is being led, and sometimes that can be scary because most people don’t like uncertainty. But if we love and know the One leading us, then we can happily surrender our lives to Him who is worthy of all our trust.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
I don’t like surprises at all. I like to know everything ahead of time. This makes living by faith difficult, because I don’t like change. I struggle with any type of transition.
Yet, as I look back over 30 years of life since becoming a Christian, I can see that the Lord has always provided for me. Instead of judgment, He has given me grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. I have truly been blessed. Of course, as with most people, there have been unexpected tragedies. There are some trials that I am presently dealing with, and there seems to be no improvement or end in sight.
But God never promised that my life would be free of trouble. He said I would have trials and difficulties. But the good news is that although my faith never knows where it is being led, I love and know the One leading me, and He is good.
Faith never knows where it is being led applies to Abraham in the Old Testament; because God called him to leave his home and family and go to a place that God would show him. He didn’t know where he was going, but he believed in the promises of God and obeyed (Genesis 12:1-5).
Faith never knows where it is being led, because sometimes God asks us to take a step of faith and trust Him. Being led by the Lord, means we surrender our will to Him, and live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). This can be difficult, because we want to have control over the events in our lives. However, we are not in control and that is a good thing, because there is a good God who is in control.
Faith asks us to trust in the unshakeable character of God and not our circumstances or the things we can see.
Faith never knows where it is being led implies that there is One leading and we are invited to follow. Faith means trusting in something we can’t physically see for results we would like to see. God doesn’t give us everything we ask for, because He knows better than us about what we truly need. He is more interested in our Spiritual growth.
Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV)
Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV)
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 NIV)
Faith never knows where it is being led, but faith in the Lord means that we love and know the One who is leading.
Our faith is only as reliable and trustworthy as its object. if I sit in a chair, I want to know some things about it first. Is it sturdy? Can it support me? Is it stable and on level ground? Is it available for me? If I had any doubts, I would not sit in the chair or trust it to support me.
And for believers, the object of our faith is more than sufficient and all-powerful to support us. Jesus is the risen Lord and Savior of all who will trust in Him! Also, He is also completely and always good, reliable, trustworthy, strong, stable and available!
If we have received Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, then we can trust Him to lead us, because we know He is for us. He suffered, died for our sins and rose from the grave. He is presently seated at the right hand of God interceding for us.
We can have faith that we are being led by the One who loves us most.
Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (NLT)
Romans 8:32 says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (NLT)
Romans 8:34 says, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (NIV)
Faith never knows where it is being led, but those who know Christ love and believe in Him. We can trust Him to lead us, because the end result of faith in Him is our salvation.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV)
Has God ever asked you to take a step of faith?
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