People of faith often receive conflicting advice on how to handle their problems. Some people advocate prayer and waiting for a response, while others advise that they should “walk in faith” with God. Walking in faith with God can help believers navigate difficult situations with grace.
Believers must be ready to examine their thoughts and actions to learn how to walk in faith. Self-reflection is an essential part of any spiritual practice. Dr. James Hauschildt, a firm believer and a health care and higher education professional with many years of experience, explains his thoughts on the process of learning to walk in faith with God.
All religious people have faith in a higher power. While we are alive in this world, we sometimes believe we cannot directly see the evidence of God in our daily lives, so we live by the faith that what we know in our hearts is true. Nonbelievers often think there is no reason to believe in God based on what they observe with their own eyes, but people of faith know that much that is important goes unseen.
In 2 Corinthians 5:7, we are reminded that we “walk by faith, not by sight.” We may indeed feel as if we aren’t able to see the evidence of God in our daily lives, but if we look a little closer at the “coincidences’ in our lives, we will see proof of His blessings. James Hauschildt suggests reading a book titled, “When God Winks” by Squire Rushnell about instances in life we usually attribute to chance, is God at work in our lives.
Colossians 2:6-7 further directs us on our path. Walking by faith means trusting in the way you were taught, and in the support, you receive from friends, family, your workplace, and in your community. It also means that you will be able to determine what is best for you by following biblical teachings. Lean on the skills you were taught in your faith community, and they will lead you to a better path forward with Jesus as your guide.
What does this mean to a person of faith who is trying to navigate a steep path? While it may be tempting to stray from Jesus’s path, it is far better to wait and have patience. James Hauschildt says that walking in faith means sharing your troubles and anxieties with God. Biblical teaching provides essential guidance on everyday living, with references to becoming more productive and joyful at work, in your family, friendships, relationships, among many other areas of your life. Also, he recommends talking with others about your faith interests, as well as to join a church community to grow more deeply in your convictions.
Understanding Your Teachings
When you think about “walking in faith,” consider how you were raised. If raised as a Christian, rely on the biblical teachings and faith traditions that your parents and grandparents established for you. Think about all of the special pastors, teachers, and friends with whom you have shared your spiritual journey. If you aren’t yet a believer and find that you aren’t living a truly fulfilled life, consider discussing with believers who will be able to offer a perspective on how their faith provides a vital dimension to their lives.
Helping Those Who Help Themselves
Walking in faith does not mean closing your eyes to the necessity of helping yourself. If you are looking for God’s help, it makes sense to take concrete steps toward solving your problem. God will give you the strength you need to complete your task, even if the road may be steep. Trust that God will support you in your actions.
Keep the Faith
In today’s secular world, it can be very challenging to keep God’s priorities in mind. Walking in faith can help you refocus your life on Christian principles. Dr. James Hauschildt recommends that all spiritual seekers look into ways they can learn to walk in faith through developing a closer relationship to Christ, engaging with other believers, and spending time reflecting on the teachings in the Bible.