We talk a lot about faith. We throw around the phrase, “just have faith that it will all work out” (or some variation) haphazardly and frequently. We tell ourselves consistently that there’s a bigger plan and we’ve just got to trust it.
And all of that is well and good. All of that is true. But what it doesn’t answer is the “how.” What does that look like? How does faith look when it is being carried out? Is it waiting? Watching? Hoping? I think it can be, but I don’t think that’s all it is. I believe faith is most evident in movement. I believe our task is to carry out our faith by doing. Moving forward. Trying. Planning. Executing. Making mistakes and learning from them.
If we sat around waiting all day for an absolution, we would never find it. I believe this is because we learn from our actions, good or bad. If God truly is omniscient, He’s never surprised by our decisions. He already knew what we would do and when. If you take that a step further, I believe it is safe to say that we can’t disappoint God. He is well aware of every decision that ever has or will be made. How could we catch him off guard?
I think it’s easier for our finite minds to explain the nature of God by saying, “Oh, I messed up today. God’s gonna be really mad,” than it is to try to understand what His nature really is. I’m not implying that there is no sin or that everything we do is right. I’m simply saying that if God is the all-knowing god we say He is, then He can’t be taken by surprise when we make decisions, good or bad.
And if He can’t be taken by surprise, then He can’t be disappointed. And if He can’t be disappointed then we can trust, 100%, that we can move forward under His protection and provision. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to step out on a limb. Living in fear of messing up is the opposite of faith. And if you live in that fear, you’re saying that God did not know you were going to make this mistake, He can’t fix it, and maybe He doesn’t want to.
That’s no way to live. And there’s not an ounce of faith in that.
Go ahead. Move forward. Try things. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to fall flat on your face. God knew you would. And He’s ready to help you up when you ask.