Years ago when our son was little, I’d take him to the mall to burn off the fidgets on days he couldn’t run around outside.
I can still remember one particular visit like it happened yesterday…
We were enjoying our time together when he looked up at me and said, “Wait right here Mommy, I’ll be right back.”
He then turned and took off running across the mall-way; while I was left momentarily speechless.
Fortunately, I recovered quickly, shouted his name, and ran after him.
I don’t remember what he wanted or where he was going. I just remember thinking how ridiculous it was that my three-year-old thought he could manage the big mall world full of strangers and unknowns all by himself.
I also remember being very thankful that at that point he was still unable to outrun me! (Something that probably changed a couple of weeks later.)
It’s a blessing to be able to remember moments like that and smile.
I wonder how often I’m guilty of three-year-old foolishness.
Here I am in a big world away from my heavenly home. A place full of strangers and unseen dangers where it’s easy to get lost . . . but I’m still able to look up at my Heavenly Father and say…
“Wait right here, I’ll be right back.”
Anytime, I decide that I can do life on my own, am I really saying, “Wait right here, I’ll be right back.” Anytime, I decide I’d prefer to ignore His commands to love, forgive, or serve others; am I saying, “Wait here, I’ll be back.”
Anytime I choose to turn away from an opportunity to live by faith; I’m saying…
- I’ll be back when I’m ready.
- I’ll be back when I need You.
- I’ll be back when I’m frightened, hurting, or sick, etc.
The truth is . . . I have a little “prodigal” in me!
Do you have a little “prodigal” in you too?
If so, I have good news for you! God never leaves. He is always faithful even when I’m not!
Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I run from you?Psalm 139:7–10 (NCV)
If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
If I rise with the sun in the east and settle in the west beyond the sea, even there you would guide me. With your right hand you would hold me.
We can live by faith because the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. He is always with us . . . even when we foolishly say, “wait right here.”
A Prayer to Faithfully Live by Faith and
Never Say, “Wait Right Here”
Father, I want to faithfully live with faith. I want to surrender myself completely to You . . . to let You hold my hand as we walk together. And I don’t want to foolishly think I can ask You to “wait right here” while I run off and do things my own way. That kind of thinking has never gone well for me. I so often wish I had wisely followed Your truth rather than listening to the foolishness of the world. Oh, the times I’ve had to fall before You with repentance . . . crying out for forgiveness.
Thank you for always watching over me. Thank you for faithfully forgiving me and welcoming me back into Your loving presence. Please help me trust and love You with my heart and soul. (Galatians 2:20) Please help me keep my mind focused on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2) Please help me show my love for Jesus by keeping Your commands. (John 14:15) Please help me remain close to You as You are always close to me. (James 4:8) Your grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Your love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8) You are my all and everything I need today, tomorrow, and always and with Your Spirit’s help, I believe I can live by faith for Your glory. Amen.
I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.Ephesians 3:17
So, what does it mean to live by faith?
It means prayerfully surrendering our lives to the Lord every day. It means that we ask Him to give us everything we need and let Him hold on to us . . . that we will trust the One who loves us most whenever we’re tempted to foolishly go running off into the world on our own.
May God bless you as you surrender your life to Him and ask Him to help you live by faith today.
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