The picture is a logo I had an artist create several years back when I was trying to decide what direction Faith By Choice, both the website and a possible women’s ministry, would go. The saying goes back even more years, from the time I realized the journey the Lord had me on was one of recognizing and walking in the choices I made according to my faith. Sometimes the choices were more geared in a way opposite of faith, but God’s teaching always led me back in the right direction. He is a patient Father as we grow.
Now, as I listen to the mixed messages on all things COVID-19 on the television, in the newspapers, in social media, I find myself asking myself, and asking God, is it possible for a non-essential senior citizen like myself to even have a choice in any of the things that are so pressing in this world?
One thing I do know about myself, I often have to turn all the above-mentioned sources of information off. This reasonably mild-mannered person can get downright angry and frustrated at any number of things I see, hear or read. And that’s where God checks me. In this case, am I putting too high a value on my own opinions, when, in reality, God’s opinion is the one that matters? Am I letting myself fall under the control of negative emotion that separates me from the truth that I have from walking in choices of faith?
I am a senior citizen sitting alone in an apartment, rarely seeing or hearing anyone. I am not an official with any authority on the many things that impact my life. What I do have, though, is a choice to trust God. A choice to lean not on my own understanding, but to acknowledge Him in all things. To pray. To use this time to filter out the dross that all of this chaos is revealing in my own life. A time of cleansing. Not a comfortable time, but, focused on God, it can be a holy time bringing a revival of spirit.
I am a follower of Jesus. God is my Father. The Holy Spirit is my teacher and comforter. This is what I choose by faith: To focus on my relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the turmoil of life around me. A life of faith that is still strong despite the many things that attempt to batter it. Strong only because of God’s work in my life.
I want this to be said of me: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
Be blessed. Choose by faith. You are loved. – Vicki