Faith in the Fairway

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Christian author Neil Anderson tells a great story about his son, Karl, learning to play golf at age 8.

When Karl first started playing, he would tee up the ball, swing as hard as he could, and usually hit it 60 or 70 yards at best. He sprayed the ball everywhere. His direction was almost always off by 20 degrees, but his ball would still be on the fairway.

As he got older and bigger, Karl was able to drive the ball 150 yards from the tee, and even further. Now, however, if his drive was 20 degrees off target, his ball no longer stayed on the fairway. It went into the rough.

Anderson writes: “The same 20-degree deviation which allowed little Karl's short drive to remain in the fairway will send a longer drive soaring out of bounds.”

That story illustrates an important truth: A small fault in our faith will produce a greater and greater deviation in the way we live as we move through our Christian lives.

Anderson puts it this way: “If your faith is off, your walk will be off. If your walk is off, you can be sure it's because your faith is off.”

Faith is simply trusting in God. It means believing that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He has promised to do. Walking by faith means living our lives by trusting in God’s capabilities, intentions, and promises.

As we walk by faith, we please Him. When we do not walk by faith, no matter how diligent we may be in our efforts, our lives do not please God.

Today, look in your own life and ask, Am I truly living by faith?

Are you trusting God in your actions and your words?

Are you trusting your emotions to Him?

Are you trusting Him with your family, career, and financial decisions?

Are you walking by faith, or are you walking by sight?

Faith in God is the only way to keep your life in the fairway.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!