For we walk by faith, not by sight.2 Corinthians 5:7
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised. I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.Psalm 119:65-66
Without discovery, faith is impossible. When you feel that you have all the right answers, there is no need to be a learner. Curiosity isn’t required. Humility never gets displayed. One simply stops growing because they believe they’ve arrived.
We all know people like this. They have all the “right” answers, but very little to no understanding. The truth hasn’t changed them. All that head knowledge hasn't managed to work its way into their heart. A transformed life is nowhere to be found.
You don’t need to trust anyone if you think you have everything under control. But, here’s the thing about control - it’s an illusion at best. The only predictable thing about living in this world is its unpredictability. No matter how much effort we put into letting our control freak nature determine every facet of our life, we’ve already lost. It only takes a small gust of wind for our feeble house of cards to come crashing down and for us to come face-to-face with the reality that there is only one God and we are not Him.
Our response to life’s uncertainties can push us to look toward God and His Word. Yet, we must get gut level honest about our reasoning for doing so.
If we’re not careful, we’ll use the Bible to find answers rather than to relate to God. In the face of uncertainty, our default mindset is “tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” This promotes excuses and prevents ownership. We love formulas because they establish predictable and controllable outcomes. Certainty is the enemy of faith.
When you can see 10 steps down the path, you don't need any faith to take the first step. Faith requires uncertainty.
Discovery keeps us curious about the future and engaged in the process, even when the desired results don’t come right away. Faith is the heart set by which our experience catches up with reality. Each step of faith we take provides us with an opportunity to discover things about God we didn’t know before. The foundation of a relationship isn’t our behavior, but trust.
Discovery makes room for our struggle, doubts and questions. When we embrace discovery, we make good mistakes and fail in the right direction. Discovery breaks our tendency to control and execute by pushing us to trust and obey. We need to stop living according to the plans we’ve made and instead embrace the process of discovery to know God more. If we put ourselves in situations where we collide with God’s truth and allow it to be formed in our heart, we can’t help but be transformed.
Are there any situations in your life where you doing everything in your power to control the outcome? Why are you fighting for control in this area? What makes you reluctant to let go and trust?
God, may I never stop growing and pursuing Your heart. Help me to realize that it is only through discovery that I am able to exhibit faith. Rather than attempting to control all my circumstances, give me the courage to simply do what I can and trust You with the rest. In those situations where I am fighting for control, open my eyes to what You are teaching me and want me to understand. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.