“We walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
The Bible instructs us to live by faith rather than by what we see and feel; but there are many time when God does use our circumstances to communicate with us.
For instance, when decided to an launched my nonprofit organization, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation in 2016, I did not know how to organize a program, establish nonprofit approval for a 501(c)3, the resources that I wanted to provide and the massive amount of funds that would be required for it to be successful. I had no way of getting enough money on our own, so God had to provide it for the vision I had to do Kingdom Work.
Had I not had a modest nest egg, full-time job, family and supporters that had faith in the efforts, I would not have been able to help survivors of domestic violence and poor into the community. You see, I truly believed that if I had enough faith in birthing WOVTF Inc., and prayed extra, extra hard over the situation, God would provide. After all, the Bible tells us “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked” (Proverb 10:3).
But here is the deal, it is our responsibility to understand and know the difference between being foolish and faithful. Mind you, I could have gone headfirst into the situation, quit my job and assume, God would carry me, right? Wrong! That would have been very foolish and presumptuous of me to assume that because it is Kingdom Work, I would not have to worry about the program would be funded moving forward.
Think about this, suppose a man has a vehicle that is deteriorating but refuses to fix the repairs because he thinks it is too expensive (even though he has the funds) and prays that the car will make it for another six months. He decides to hold out on repairs because he feels, God will see him through it. If his car’s engine fails, he cannot work.
That is a situation that he must take care of in order to move forward. God has already provided him with the money to repair the issue, but he has chosen not to use it in effort to avoid spending more than he is comfortable with. This is an instance where the man made a ‘foolish’ decision contrary to God providing a means for his resolution.
Much of my life, I have been told that we must remember to walk by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), being reminded that it is important for us pray to God and ask Him to give us wisdom to know when to disregard situations and when to pay attention to them. God uses our circumstances to communicate with us and guide us in the direction that He would have us to go. That said, it is essential that we learn when we are being Faithful and Foolish, and this is done through prayer and discernment. Allow God to direct you, guide you, and provide you with the tools that you need to pursue your divine purpose and how to do so passionately.