Did you know that everything will be well with you, even if sometimes the outward circumstances don’t testify to it? They never do anyway. ”But we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.“ That’s what we look at: God’s Word! We walk by faith, not by sight. Faith in what? God’s Word! Well, what is God’s Word? ”That all things work together for good.“ You say, ”Well, I wish I could believe that.“ You can, if you don’t go by sight and you choose to ”see“ God’s Word instead.
It’s really simple, brethren, but Christians are just spiritually lazy. They won’t confess God’s Word in their minds, much less before others, and every time there is a change or motion in their outward circumstance, they change and move. Why? Because their faith is in the outward appearances or circumstances instead of God’s Word or the Holy Scriptures. Christians can hear this preached to them over and over, and they still will not change their habit of observing lying vanities and thus forsaking their own mercy. They simply will not call those things that ”be not“ as though ”they are”, and not waver!
Now, we might get a case of ”do-better“ and start confessing God’s Word for our circumstances and endure for a while (a day or two, or an hour or two at best), but then we tend to begin to waver and seesaw back and forth, and as a result, we receive nothing from God. The Bible says, ”In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.“ We pray strong for an hour or two, or maybe a day or two, and then we drift back into a rut of spiritual complacency where Satan tells us that things will just work themselves out anyway. Then, day after day passes, and nothing happens. Why? Because we aren’t walking by faith.
It takes an effort to walk by faith. It requires a sincere effort – a very sincere effort. It takes an effort of fasting, an effort of praying, an effort of studying God’s Word so we’ll know what to believe. It takes an effort of obedience to what we already know in order to have faith.
It works! It works immediately. Satan tries to say, ”Well, you’ve got to make these efforts consistently for a period of time, then something will eventually break.“ No! It works immediately! Faith arises immediately in the heart and the outward circumstances begin to immediately fade out of sight. It works that fast! But, if we are sporadic in our efforts, then our seasons of refreshing will also be sporadic, and the enemies will come to our minds and torment us.
Habitually serving God brings joy. It brings joy unspeakable. Walk by faith, brethren. Get up and be about your Father’s business, and your joy will return unto you speedily. The joy of the Lord is your strength.
When we have salvation, we’ll know it because we will see joy in our lives. Serving God brings that joy! Serving God is joy. When we lose the joy of our salvation, it’s because we aren’t serving God. We may be serving God sporadically, so then our joy comes and goes. But, ”He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.“ Are you continually merry? Joyful? God wants you to be. His perfect will is that you be happy and have all your heart’s desires. He not only wants this to be yours, but it is already yours by faith.
Holiness Unto The Lord