When life throws you off track what should you do? Often our belief in God and our experiences in life don’t always connect. Stated another way, sometimes our response to experiences at home, at school and on the job appear to be the opposite of our faith. When that occurs we should not focus our faith on “the things which are seen but on that which is unseen” – not on circumstances but on God’s power within. (Galatians 2:20).
The first step in getting back on track is to realize we need more than A Positional Faith. A Positional Faith is the result of obeying the gospel and becoming church members. But we also need an Operational Faith – one that helps us to live godly lives. This means we must remove ourselves and our circumstances from the center of life and place God there. God still says to us “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways for as the heavens are higher than this earth so are My ways higher than your ways” (Isaiah 55:8,9).
When disappointments and disillusionments side track us then we need to have an Operational Faith in God. God’s view of life is higher than our view of circumstances. Whether our life experiences seem to be good or not we can choose to trust that God is using them to strengthen us and to teach us.
Then God’s purposes for us are higher than our purposes for ourselves. God has a better use for our lives than any we could dream of. Often when we have stood up to the “issues of Life” while not compromising our faith, we get a glimpse of the higher purposes of God – we grow in spite of life’s vicissitudes.
When life throws you off track remember God’s view of life is higher and God’s purposes are higher. Remove your focus from your circumstances and pray to have a clearer conception of God.
Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie
August 11, 2019