The Report Card (Faith In God)
September 2, 2012
I grew up hearing and reading about faith. As an adult I have come to know and experience what faith is and does. FAITH: loyalty, belief and trust in God. In the site Webster.com, when I typed "trust" I noticed the derivatives were, "trustability", "trustable", "truster", "trustingly", "trustingness". Nothing came up for "trusted". It may very well be a word, but not acknowledged by Webster Dictionary. My point, "trust" is never past tense. It is not something you did once and it did not work out for you. A friend once said to me, "to say you have trusted is to say life got stuck in a previous experience of failure or hurt." As believers it is never a thing of the past, it is our now, our life. It is the fundamental fact of our existence. "But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him."Hebrews 11:6 Amp.
I, like so many others have found myself to the point of frustration and really wanting to be enlightened when it came to the subject of faith. I would ask, What am I doing wrong? What am I not getting? Why is my life not yielding certain results? There have been numerous Biblical testimonies of faith set before us to show us that if we get in the habit of believing (without options, without a plan b) our lives can yield the same results if not better. They stood firm, in the state of mind in which they had un-shake-able confidence and faith in God.
Abraham when asked was ready to return his promised son, Isaac back to God not knowing that other provisions had already been made. Abraham did not go to the undisclosed location with Isaac and an optional sacrifice. He knew that there was a reason God was asking for the son in which his descendants would spring forth. Now he very well could have asked a plethora of questions and refused to make a move until he understood. I am sure nothing about this was making sense to him. However, he did not seek to understand it, he moved and believed. God saw his heart, his desire to please Him. Therefore, He provided the ram.
Noah, who was a farmer and aspiring entrepreneur. He was probably in the process or planting his very own vineyard so he could open a farm winery, but God interrupts his plans. He was asked to build an ark in the Summer's heat, if I may. The process of building a boat/ship/ark is a traditional craftsmanship which is a refined art delivered from master to apprentice. The skill is passed on by doing and often without a sketch or blueprint. In Genesis 6 and 7, God (the master) gave detailed instructions for the ark and Noah (the apprentice) obeyed. Why? He was in the habit of believing. Noah's habit affords us the opportunity to experience the brilliant beauty of the consequent rainbow today. Enoch's habit caused him to be caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not see death.
SELF ANALYSIS: Is your faith failing
1. Like Abraham, has God ever asked you to sacrifice something He promised you with no explanation why and not knowing the end result?
2. Like Noah, has He ever wanted to interrupt your plan because He had need of you?
3. Just as Enoch did, He expects us to be "caught up". Get caught up in the habit of trusting Him, so that our faith grows increasingly faster than any giant/deathly circumstance we may face today. A firm mindset of faith influences a habit of faith.
Scripture Of The Day: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." -
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)