I chose a word for 2022...better yet, a word actually chose me. After seeing it, hearing it, and randomly thinking on it at different times prior to the New Year, "faith" was no doubt the word for me.
Hmmm....my first thought was, "Well, now that's a big, broad word to grasp?"
And then these questions:
"What does God want me to learn about faith?"
"How does one really 'walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7)."
With listening to the bible chronologically so far this year, and then combining it with my word for 2022, I've discovered some things about faith from the biblical characters I've encountered thus far:
Faith is...knowing that you are created and that you have a purpose on this earth (Adam and Eve).
Faith is...offering a gift to God with reverence (Abel) rather than with "rote-ness" (Cain).
Faith is...walking with God, day in, day out (Enoch).
Faith is...obeying God even when it seems crazy (Noah).
Faith is...believing God even in the depths of despair (Job).
Oh wow, I'm only 2 weeks into listening to the bible, and I've been given so much to think about already! What are the next 351 days going to bring?
What is faith?
Faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen. For by it the people of old gained approval. Hebrews 11:1-2
I believe God was personally and powerfully present in the lives of these "people of old." I believe he molded Adam and Eve, he smiled on Abel, he disciplined Cain, he walked with Enoch, he directed Noah, and he had compassion on Job. Likewise, he is present in my faith-walk and yours.
I want to mimic all the faith-qualities of these biblical heroes. With God's spirit in me, grooming me and growing me, I can.
Let's choose to walk with God this year. We may not be able to see him, but through the pages of his living book, we can certainly know him.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8
Thank you for your instructional word! Please Lord, through your powerful Spirit, help us to submit to your authority, as well as resist the temptations or arrows of our enemy. As we do these things, thank you for the promises that the devil will flee and you will draw near. Amen.