Our Bible verse for today: “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Seeking guidance requires faith.”
Having faith often requires us to believe even when it goes beyond all reason to believe. That was certainly the case with the American Revolution. Yesterday I told you about the strong faith of George Washington and how it was that in faith, he constantly sought God’s guidance. And boy did he need it! The prospect of a puny, untrained, and ill-equipped little band of farmers and laborers being able to defeat the mighty British army was beyond belief. Washington needed faith in the impossible, and he needed God’s guidance every step of the way.
One of the great truths that George Washington clung to, and which helped to carry him through the deepest and darkest days of the Revolutionary War, was a firm belief that God could and would accomplish great things through the strong faith and sacrificial obedience of good people. If the colonists would just have faith in God; if they would sincerely seek His will and then be resolved to sacrificially do their part; God was poised to perform miracles and the results would be amazing. Washington firmly believed this.
And the miracle did come. Goliath fell and a great nation was born. Strong faith in the God of the impossible, along with persistent seeking of His will, coupled with a willingness to sacrificially do their part, was what was needed – and God came through.
There’s an obvious lesson in that for us. God can and will accomplish great things through the strong faith and sacrificial obedience of good people. If you sincerely desire to know His will so you can then be obedient to it; and if you patiently and persistently seek the guidance from Him that you need; in His way and in His time He will show you what to do and then He will guide you and carry you through it.
The starting place is faith. If you’re seeking guidance from God, it’s because you obviously believe He will give it to you. Now stick with it. The American Revolution lasted seven long years, and during most of those years the situation looked pretty bleak for the colonists. But they didn’t give up. They trusted God, they walked it out, and because they did, you and I have this great country today. They didn’t give up and neither should you. Keep seeking His guidance until you get it; then trust Him to lead you where He wants you to go.