A Musing on Faith

Let’s think about faith today. We know from scriptures that every good thing in life is from the Lord—including faith. He supplies us faith through His—

·       Word – “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

·       Prayer – “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

·       Spirit – “The fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness (full of faith)” (Galatians 5:22). And, of course, it is ultimately supplied by His—

·       Grace – “For it is by grace…through faith…it is the gift of God” (Galatians 5:22).

We know these things. But even though we know the source of faith, we often times forget the place of faith (where it is learned). It is not learned in a worship service or a Bible Study Connect Group, or even in quiet solitude. It is learned in the laboratory of life.

It’s interesting in Hebrews 11 (the Faith Chapter) to see that the Old Testament believers strengthened their faith in real life situations. For example—

·       By faith Noah built an ark (Hebrews 11:7).
·       By faith Abraham obeyed and went (Hebrews 11:8).
·       By faith Abraham offered a sacrifice (Hebrews 11:12).
·       By faith Moses’ parents hid him (Hebrews 11:23).
·       By faith Moses left Egypt (Hebrews 11:27).
·       By faith the people (of Israel) passed through the Red Sea (Hebrews 11:29).

All of these examples of life situations lead me to this conclusion—You don’t learn faith by reading books on faith or hearing sermons on faith or by attending Bible Studies on faith—though these may serve a purpose and be helpful. You learn faith by exercising faith. You don’t learn to fish by reading books on fishing or learn to fly a plane by studying airplanes. Ultimately, you learn these things by doing these things. And, certainly, you learn to trust God by trusting God. Understanding this will help you to understand more about your circumstances and how to respond to them. Never waste an opportunity to learn faith through a real life adversity.

What is your tough situation right now? Consider it to be the very thing that God has called up to grow your faith. So use it to your advantage and mature your faith. True faith is grown in real life! So grow some faith this week…

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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