Faith is a struggle because it is a battle between what we can see with our eyes and what we can see with our hearts. Far from the absence of doubt it is a choice to believe in spite of doubt. It is a choice to see what no one else sees and then act and live accordingly. This is what it means to walk by faith.
But walking by faith is particularly challenging when we live in a broken world.
Last weekend we heard the accounts of the horrible tragedy of a young man who convinced himself he would never be loved and so decided that he would take love away from many others. Elliot Rodger made an awful choice and it cost not only his own life but the lives of many others as well.
Elliot's actions were a result of his inability to see beyond what was right in front of his face, and sometimes we also make bad choices (hopefully not to the extent that Elliot did) because we refuse to see beyond as well.
Learning to see what no one else sees requires time spent in God's presence. It is worship that enables us to see what no one else can see. Worship makes tangible the truth about who God is and helps us live with expectation concerning what God is doing all around us every day.
And as we learn in worship to see what no one else sees we also hear the call to live differently; to live with expectation and to live with hope that God is still in control and He will yet make this world new once again. Walking by faith is a daily choice and it is the choice to believe God in spite of what we see that makes all the difference in the world.
So what does that look like for you? How do you live with expectation and hope by seeing what no one else sees and acting/living accordingly? I am interested to hear your thoughts and I invite you to share them here as we journey together along the way ...