Faith: For the Days When the Map Doesn’t Make Sense

“But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion” (Hebrews 10:35 MSG).

Stick it out.  Too hard?

How do you use faith as a compass for the map of life?  How do you navigate the dust, the heaps of laundry, the mountains of dishes?  How do you plot a course through the bills, the giving back to God and the lines on the budget that just don’t add up? How?

This stepping forth in faith makes no sense.  No earthly sense. 

Stepping forward, beginning along the path and staying with it, it’s backwards.  It’s upside down.

 Crazy. 

And what about those days when I figure “what’s the use.”   What’s the use in trusting what I cannot see?  What’s the use in following a plan, God’s plan, when it doesn’t make sense? What’s the use of counting every joy and blessing?  Wouldn’t it just be better to forsake the path when it doesn’t make sense?  Go around the issues?  Fix the problem myself?  Doesn’t this all just make much more sense?

There are times when God needs to make our way narrow “where there is no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left” (Numbers 22:26 NKJV).  This narrowing of a path, this tight space – it’s a necessary thing.   Being pressed on either side by the words and promises of God squeezing at our soul – it causes us to look up and see Him clearly and hear, really hear, what He is asking of us.

That narrow path will appear crazy – it always has, hasn’t it?  Abraham being commanded to sacrifice his long awaited first born (Genesis 22).  The Israelites walking through the Red Sea (Exodus 14).  Walking in circles 13 times in 7 days and on that 13th round a shout brings down the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6).  A young woman, betrothed, never having been with a man, gives birth to the Messiah (Luke 1).  A man, a sinless man, brought to trial, convicted and hung like a criminal and risen from the dead, because this, this will save people from their sin (John 18-20).

Does it all not seem a bit insane?   Yet, in this crazy world, a crazier truth seems to be what brings the calm, the peace, the joy into our lives.   I long for the day when I can put my trust in Him as Abraham, Moses, Joshua and Mary.  When I can see the crucifixion as the only direction on the craziest map and live a life full of joy,trusting in God’s plan.

I long for the day when I can say my “faith was made complete” by my actions (James 2:22).  When I can look back and see each crazy moment, each counted joy and each insanely beautiful promise of God as beacons along the map of my life.

How is it then, in the midst of crazy that God is with me?  How can I know that I stand on solid ground?  How can I rest in the assurance that The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows theproper path to those who go astray” (Psalm 25:8 NLT)?

When fear rises up and strangles my joy, I recall the words I read this summer in One Thousand Gifts. “I know my supreme need is joy in God and I know I can’t experience deep joy in God until I deep trust in God.” – Ann Voskamp

I live a life of joy and isn’t that what drives my faith?  Isn’t that what confirms, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see” (Hebrews 11:1 MSG)?

Faith and complete joy – a promise. 
 A life worth living.

4 Comments

  1. Thank you Tonya. A timely reminder for me in this season as the voice of the world tries to drown out the tender voice of the only true Counselor… Joy and perseverance are my prayers for you this morning. xx

  2. So glad this blessed you today. Continued prayers for you friend.

  3. You were the post after me on A Holy Experience: Walking with Him Wed. If you read my blog yo will see that today I am in that narrow place, I can’t turn from the left or right. As Ann said, we chose…”to crush joy with bitterness”…I chose Joy. It is not easy, but I believe that as I continue to do it, God will be glorified.
    It is the harder thing to do. Thank you.

  4. Hi Deena… Praying with you today!

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