“He causes us to walk in His ways” (Phil 2:13, Ez 36:26-27). Sometimes those ways do not at any given time seem quite right, sensible or in accordance with how we judge things ought to be. It is a tricky game trying to discern or evaluate the ways of the One whose thoughts are far higher than ours. He has subjected everything to faith because He is the eternal giver. We simply receive by faith what is given. When we face one of those enigmas which we cannot penetrate, because everything is shrouded in dimness, He has given us a way out; trust (faith). This is our Father of whom we have heard that He cannot lie and is only love. In the face of perplexity and bewilderment we are learning that He is what He claims to be.
Paul wrote that everything which is not of faith is sin. It is prudent to judge Paul’s words in light of Romans 4 and David’s prophesy which quite simply states that blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. The plain fact is that we experience agony and anguish when we imagine that while walking one of those weird paths we have fallen out of His will; that we are not walking in His ways. In other words this lack of faith in a sense becomes sin to us and causes us sorrow and pain. Faith is the means we have been given to restore equilibrium, that is, He tenderly rekindles that faith flame when He gives us a glance of His presence in that valley of apparent death and we know deep down that everything is okay.
We have died. There is nothing a dead man can do. We have ceased from doing anything; it is God within doing all the stuff. God within, not God without. That changes everything and takes us from agony to a state of “a too good to be true” exhilaration. “The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works”, Jesus said. He further said: “The servant isn’t greater than his Lord.” Well, no worries then. Since God did all the works in Jesus, who is our Lord, it is foolish to think that we somehow can do more than He.
Yes, we have a further choosing to do after we chose Christ. We can either chose to walk in the wilderness and its illusive world of self-improvement and the idea that we can divert from His ways or we enthusiastically cross the river into the Promised Land where faith reigns.