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Friday, May 7, 2010

Faith Not Emotion

Oswald Chambers 

We walk by faith, not by sight —2 Corinthians 5:7

For a while, we are fully aware of God’s concern for us. But then, when God begins to use us in His work, we begin to take on a pitiful look and talk only of our trials and difficulties. And all the while God is trying to make us do our work as hidden people who are not in the spotlight. None of us would be hidden spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our work when it seems that God has sealed up heaven? Some of us always want to be brightly illuminated saints with golden halos and with the continual glow of inspiration, and to have other saints of God dealing with us all the time. A self-assured saint is of no value to God. He is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and completely unlike God. We are here, not as immature angels, but as men and women, to do the work of this world. And we are to do it with an infinitely greater power to withstand the struggle because we have been born from above.

If we continually try to bring back those exceptional moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are becoming obsessed with the moments when God did come and speak with us, and we are insisting that He do it again. But what God wants us to do is to “walk by faith.” How many of us have set ourselves aside as if to say, “I cannot do anything else until God appears to me”? He will never do it. We will have to get up on our own, without any inspiration and without any sudden touch from God. Then comes our surprise and we find ourselves exclaiming, “Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!” Never live for those exceptional moments— they are surprises. God will give us His touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never consider our moments of inspiration as the standard way of life— our work is our standard.


  1. There is a song by Dallas Holm, that says, "the only way to mountain top is THROUGH THE VALLEY BELOW!" It is a walk, (sometimes a climb) putting one foot in front of the other, 'after you have gotten up from your knees', it is has to be only for the love of Jesus, no other 'inspiration' will carry you through.

  2. Hi Linda, thanks for the comment - such truth! Our walk is indeed by faith and our eyes must remain focused on Jesus. We can do nothing apart from Him and we are nothing without Him. We are not promised a life of easiness or prosperity, but rather a life of trials, tests, and tribulations. But with our faith in the One who gives us peace that passes all understanding, we can do ALL things in Him who strengthens us!


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