So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Life-saving advice means that what was shared with me was so valuable that I couldn’t wait to go away and apply it. I have complete confidence in it.
One of the meanings for faith, in the Greek, is ‘to have complete confidence in something.’ The evidence of confidence is application.
Abraham had faith in God. How do we know that? He left his home village of Ur and took off for a new life. Saul had faith after experiencing Christ on the road to Damascus. How do we know that? He went from hunting down Christians to becoming ‘the hunted.’ Peter and Andrew had faith after hearing Jesus’ call to them. How do we know that? They left their fishing business and their families to follow Jesus, even unto death.
Many today say that they believe in God; that he lived, died, and spoke the truth. They equate belief with faith. Yet, there has been no action that has proven their confidence. Words are cheap without evidence of life-change.
Ultimately, this is not a devotional about unbelievers vs. believers. It is more personal. I must ask myself the question, “Do I have faith that Scripture is true?” I answer ‘yes’ without even blinking. But if that’s true, am I acting upon what I read without hesitation? Am I one who looks for loopholes? Do I rationalize why I haven’t obeyed yet?
Or, am I bold in my application? Will I stand up for truth in a meeting where it will cost me something? Will I take on a challenge God has led me to if I fear I’m not qualified? Will I risk offending family or even a good friend by charting a different course from them? Will I leave a group where I’m comfortable if God is telling me to join a different Bible study, Sunday school class, or even go to a different church?
Difficult obedience is the proof of faith. “Faith comes by hearing”….yes, but faith is more than saying “I believe.” The essence of faith is a confidence that bears proof through actions.
I believe You, Lord. In everything You speak, I believe You. Where do I need to act on it today? Show me where I’ve been lying to myself. Amen