I think Tuesdays are the least glamorous day out of the seven. This past Tuesday, I woke up and spent a few hours with customer support to fix my broken internet, called some friends, watched my math lecture, read a textbook, made dinner, and talked to my roommates. Not a good day, not a bad day, just a Tuesday.
Life lately has been a string of Tuesdays: making coffee and reading textbooks, paying bills and washing dishes. Days blend into weeks, and before we know it, the year is three-quarters over and it feels like both everything and nothing have happened. For me, graduation is approaching, and I’ll soon face big decisions about my life and career—but in the meantime, I am fixing daily emergencies, going to work, and cleaning the bathroom. I’ve always thought of faith as part of big, life-changing decisions, but what does faith look like on Tuesdays?
Sometimes having faith is like skydiving—after all, we call it a “leap of faith.” By faith, Noah built an ark when no rain could be seen (Genesis 6). By faith, Abraham lifted the knife to sacrifice the son God had promised him (Genesis 22). By faith, Daniel faced down lions (Daniel 6). Sometimes faith in God’s sovereignty leads us to make big decisions, even when they don’t make any worldly sense.
But faith does not only take leaps. It also wakes up in the morning and loves its neighbor and seeks to know God better. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), and that requires believing that God reigns and that He will provide, every day, as sure as His mercies are new every morning.
With the same faith that enabled him to build the ark, Noah waited on that ark until God told him to leave, almost two months after the waters had left the face of the earth (Genesis 8:13-16). God promised Abram that he would give Canaan to Abram’s offspring when Abram was seventy-five, but twenty-five more years passed before Abram’s first son was born (Genesis 12:4-7, 17:1-21). And the reason Daniel faced down lions was that he continued his daily practice of prayer (Daniel 6:10-15). These figures and so many others took giant steps of faith (see Hebrews 11), but between those giant steps, they went about their daily lives, trusting that God knew their needs and would provide for them in His good time. Faith is not only for big days, but for every day.
Today is a Thursday. Today, I’ll go to class, go to work, do my homework, and go to bed. And today, like all other days, I am called to love God with all my heart and mind and soul and to love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37-39), to trust that Christ has delivered me from my sins, and to live for His glory, whether that looks like taking a leap of faith or seeking to love others and know Him better on a regular old Tuesday.