We are all on this journey called life. Some of us are moving forward head first ready to tackle whatever challenge may come our way, others maybe have taken a few steps backward, or maybe you find that you’re just stuck not knowing where to go. It’s hard to move forward and take the next step when you don’t even know where you’re headed. The question you find yourself asking is: how do I move forward when I have no idea where I’m even going? The answer is simple, yet difficult. It is to step out in faith trusting God. We’ve all heard the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” There, it clearly tells us that we cannot always trust our eyes to lead us; sometimes we just have to step out in faith.
Of course there will be times when we have to take a step, not knowing for sure if it’s the right direction or not, and it turns out to be the wrong direction. In those moments we can trust that God is with us, and know that He will always put us back on the path He has for us.
So you say, “Okay all this sounds great, but I still don’t know where I’m headed.” Well, we can look at the context of this verse and learn more. In the first verse of this chapter it says, “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” As Christians, our home is not here on Earth, but in Heaven. This is just a short detour on our way home. So where are you headed? Hopefully home, in Heaven. C.S. Lewis wrote, in better words than I could ever articulate, about the hope we have of knowing that one day we will arrive at home in Heaven. All we need to do is keep our eyes focused on the future glory. Here is what he writes in Mere Christianity:
“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”
Like it says in Colossians 3:2-3, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” In order to move forward we need to not focus so much on our current circumstances, but keep our eyes and thoughts on God.
What does a life focused on “the next” look like? That means living out our Christian walk. The greatest command is to love God and then to love others, and God says that on judgment day He will say to us, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). The way that we can express our love for God is to love others because when we are doing that, we are actually acting out of our love for God.
So what is the next step? To start serving others as a response to the love God has given us. Then you will begin to see that it doesn’t really matter if you don’t know what the next month or year will hold. As long as you focus on God and living your life for Him, he will continuously guide you through all the ups and downs this life will bring you until you reach your final destination, in Heaven.