What the mind wants, it can’t always have. Sometimes we feel like we’re being pulled in multiple directions, or maybe we just feel frozen in one spot, longing for some sort of sign telling us where to go next.
When we’re in a place of doubt and uncertainty, we must rely upon our blind faith in God and believe that He has a plan for us. Admittedly, that’s must easier said than done. Too often we see others’ actions and decisions as they navigate their own paths, and we look back on our’s and feel…inadequate. Defeated. Not worthy enough of praise or acknowledgement.
How can we better turn our eyes to God in blind faith and lean on Him in these moments? How can we instill patience within ourselves and listen to God’s voice as He speaks to us?
Defining “blind faith.”
We can easily jumble what we mean saying to keep our faith blind. It can easily be taken as a reason to ridicule our beliefs, implying that we should remain ignorant and just do whatever we’re told. They must not have read Proverbs 3:13 which says, “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding.”
In reality, blind faith is equipping ourselves with knowledge and truth and seeing how that leads us to Him! We are choosing to understand God more through His Word, and from there we decide to trust His voice when we calls us in certain directions. If we know He exists and is supporting us every step of the way, then we can lean on Him and the promises He has made.
We’re not meant to fully understand everything. Only God is all-knowing. Despite the mysterious ways He works, we trust the process and realize that we aren’t going to have all the answers. We aren’t all going to answer the same calls at the same times in the same ways. If that were the case, living would be down to a science, pinpointing exactly how to do everything “correctly.” But we don’t have that kind of control, and the only true stability we have is in God.
Scripture and trusting Him.
Many prominent biblical figures seem to be familiar with this seemingly aimless wandering, or going off the beaten path only to have the world question your intentions. There’s plenty to say, but let’s stick to some key examples to get the point across.
Abraham certainly didn’t think the entire nation of Israel would come from his bloodline, that he’d even have a child at his old age. He didn’t seem entirely confident when God spoke to him, telling him how his family would be as numerous as the stars in the night sky. The miracle of Abraham’s family and how it grew didn’t happen in the traditional sense, but it happened, just as the Lord promised.
Moses didn’t expect to lead the tribes of Israel out of Egypt to find and establish a holy land, but God spoke to him through the burning bush and on Mount Sinai proving otherwise. However, the Israelites often angered God in how they needed every sign and miracle to prove Himself and His faithfulness to them. Whenever they felt like they didn’t see Him in action, they deviated away to other idols.
Even “heroes” of the Bible weren’t perfect in practicing blind faith. Gideon, for example, is often known for his bravery and strength thanks to believing in God, but Gideon was hesitant in doing so until he requested to God to perform certain miracles, like making an animal skin while the ground was dry, before he knew God was with him.
Relying on blind faith.
What do those examples teach us? God’s power is beyond human imagination: nothing is impossible for Him. Our eyes glimpse only a fraction of all He does. Realizing our human limitations is where our faith begins. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We trust His hand in every aspect of life, and that gives us hope and encouragement to allow everything to play out as it should.
Our prayers are rarely answered in very obvious acts of God like biblical figures experienced. I see God’s greatest gifts as the ones we don’t specifically pray for and immediately notice. John 20:29 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” We shouldn’t be waiting around for the obvious signs to smack us in the face and point us in the right direction. If that’s the case, we might be waiting forever for something that might never happen.
We can look at what everyone else is doing with their lives, and we can try to emulate their actions in hopes we’ll have the same results, but that is distrusting God. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” When we can constantly survey the accomplishments of our peers, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be sharing similar successes. We might ask, “Why am I not doing this or that? Why am I not firmly planted in a specific direction?” It’s a precarious, vulnerable position to be in, and we need God to find peace in that place.
We feel lost, but in that moment, it’s where we’re meant to be. We don’t know where we might go and what the future holds, but at some point, we will. We want to be like others and receive clear validation for our thoughts and actions, but God is currently using this time to shape us into the person we’re meant to become. It all requires blind faith in His process and His timing.
There’s a time when we all face these emotions, so why not talk about it as we would our “highlight reel” of accomplishments? Why not relate to one another in our shared quality of not having our lives wrapped in a neat package? Let’s be uplifting in all seasons of our lives, and lean on God to fill in the gaps as we navigate every moment.
How do you handle feelings of uncertainty in what to do and where to go in life?
Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie