Walking by Faith

7 Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.8 And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.”9 They said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare it?”10 And He said to them, “When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters.11 “And you shall say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’12 “And he will show you a large, furnished upper room; prepare it there.”13 And they left and found everything just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover. Luke 22:7–13

In a few instances, Jesus laid out specific instructions to his disciples to assure that his will was done, just as he wanted it done (e.g., Luke 19:31-32). We want to do his will, even in the little things, but we often have to shoot in the dark. We’d love to have explicit instructions, but we’re required to walk by faith.

What’s better, to be sent forth with step-by-step instructions, or to embark clueless? In the first case, you simply confirm the “prophet status” of the sender, as we have here. Like your dog who quickly picks up on patterns, the very next time you’re back wanting concrete instructions. In the common vernacular, to be “spoon fed.” In the second case, you just go, expecting God to reveal the way, yet again. This is walking by faith, which grows every time your foot hits the pavement trusting him to lead the way. Like Fido, you’ll get use to the pattern of the Lord leading and the Lord providing.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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