Do you experience tension in your life or business? Perhaps you find your savings dwindling or your pending deals that looked so promising delayed. Maybe you’ve worked countless hours demonstrating your loyalty and commitment to your company, but with sales down you wonder if that will be enough to save your job. Business activity is good, new customers are showing up, receivables look strong, yet cash flow is once again threatening to undermine your hopes of success. Can you feel the friction?
If you are a Christ follower, you’ve heard the instruction to “walk by faith” so you pray and ask for God’s help when challenges and difficulties surface in your life. You want to believe God’s promises, yet the intensity of your reality pulls you toward doubt or impatience. Often, we have an inaccurate view of what the journey of faith really looks like. There’s no promise to float carefree through life, as light as a feather. There’s no guarantee that you won’t carry heavy burdens at times. Have you experienced this tension?
Hebrews 11:23 points out a couple of parents who lived out of a true faith in God’s purposes in a broken world: “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” It seems Amram and Jochabed had a “storybook” faith far out of our league. They lived in a dreadful time in Israel’s history. Their people were enslaved by the powerful nation of Egypt. Pharaoh feared their rising population so he commanded that all newborn baby boys must be drowned in the Nile River. Into this intensely brutal season of upheaval and persecution, Moses entered the world.
Jochabed and Amram knew what they were commanded to do and what most other Hebrew parents had succumbed to. However, God revealed something in the child’s countenance that gave them spiritual insight into his significance. So they took a huge risk and hid him. Can you imagine how their hearts must have skipped a beat every time Moses cried in the night? Or their constant speculation about whether their neighbors might give them up? What if their older children, Aaron and Miriam, were killed for their parents’ disobedience?
“. . . and they were not afraid of the king’s edict” does not mean that they weren’t terrified when they placed the tiny basket “ark” into the shallow, crocodile filled waters of the Nile. The tension here, is that they feared God more than they feared Pharaoh. Undoubtedly they reviewed God’s history of keeping his promises to his people, then exercised the courage to press through all of their uncertainty and fear to perform what they believed God was calling them to do. I am confident that God gave them a deep sense of peace, though he didn’t remove the conflict of stepping out into unknown territory.
Are you experiencing tension today between exercising faith in the midst of trying circumstances? Don’t run from it; in fact, embrace it and keep looking to the God of Abraham, of Moses, of Ruth, of Lazarus and of Mary Magdalene. He will see you through until His purposes are completed.
Serving Him with you in the marketplace,
Lord, sometimes I find myself looking for a way around the tension, and yet I know that the pathway to faith requires me to walk through the intensity of conflicting realities. Help me to cling to You when I feel like I am losing my grip. Help me to learn to fear You above all else. Enable me to walk by faith.
“Have you been asking God what He is going to do? God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is . . . The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”