I bet you’re wondering when I would start my journey up the mountain. Well, have you ever reached a place that is exciting, new, and you stand there wondering what the future holds for you? That is how I felt. I needed strength and faith to overcome my fears. Whether it was in my vision or in reality, my destiny was already written. I was about to learn and grow on this path of life, where God had called me.
How could I make it to the top? Only by faith! I searched the Bible to see what God’s word says about faith. It simply says that faith is obedience when we don’t understand, and being sure of what we cannot see. In my search through the bible, I also learned about some courageous men who had strong faith. One of them was Noah. He was a man who was obedient to God’s command, not just outwardly religious. He was a righteous man who walked daily with God. Following God’s instructions, he built a large boat to save his family from the flood that was to come. People thought that Noah was insane. Why would he need a boat on dry land in a place where it had not rained for many years? But God warned him about things that had never happened before. Noah built the ark as an act of obedience. Without questioning, he began. Years long construction project which would someday save him and his family. There are many things God asks us to do which seems difficult, unreasonable, and even impossible. But God knows what’s best for us. Noah is a perfect example of a life lived by faith, a blameless life. Noah’s faith encouraged me to put my trust in God, to move forward, even with my small, “mustard seed sized” faith.
(Matthew 17:20 ) says: “The Lord replied; ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move. nothing will be impossible for you.”
We can learn lessons from the life of Noah. If we are right with God and right with others, we can find favor in the eyes of God just like Noah did. All we need to do is to call out to God with reverence and humility. As I looked up to Him, He answered me from His Holy place.
“I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.”
( Psalm 3:4 )
As I earlier described, I was given a vision of climbing a mountain. I called this place a “Holy Mountain”, because God taught me many lessons on this climb. Just as I stood on an enormous expanse of land, I saw a huge and high mountain before me. On top of the mountain was, what from a distance, appeared to be a small, white, bright house. Then something beautiful happened. An inner peace began growing and moving in me, helping me trust God more and urging me to come nearer to the high mountain. Trust requires faith! I so badly wanted to reach to the top of the mountain. I went and stood at the bottom of the mountain and looked up. I noticed that the road to the top was very steep and treacherous. I thought to myself, “I’m too weak and broken to endure such a climb.” Then I woke up, and I remembered a verse that I had just learned.
( Isaiah 41:10 )
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I memorized the verse and it has helped and strengthened me.
Faith is a gift from God and a muscle which needs to be exercised. God has blessed me with the gift of visions and dreams. It was obvious He is calling me to live my life by faith, not by sight. Faith comes from reading God’s word and hearing God’s message.
Let’s meet here again to see what “Walk by faith, not by sight” means. In the meantime, I would love to hear your feedback.