Our Faithful God
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ Rom 10:17.
It is therefore important to read the word of God, meditate on the word of God, study the word of God, and in your ‘quiet time’ (time spent alone with God) to wait for God to speak to you. Faith comes by hearing. This, of course, applies to the born-again children of God, those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and who are giving the faculty of ‘hearing His voice’. Didn’t the Lord Himself say in John 10:3,4 that ‘The sheep hear His voice; and He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out. And when He puts forth His own sheep, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice’? Listen to John 10:27. The Lord is saying: ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.’
The reflections in this hub are based on meditation of the Scriptures, and are meant to increase our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith (according to Heb 12:2). Apart from the word of God, it is important to pray. But by nature, we find it very difficult to pray. That is why the Lord allows trials into our lives, so that we learn to cry out to Him for help and deliverance. Trials increase our prayer life, and they also purify our faith. 1 Pet 1:7.
Here is a meditation on ‘Our Faithful God’, based on the verse in 1 Thess 5:24 -“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
This is a favorite verse of mine. It says God is faithful, and what He has promised He will certainly do. But then comes the waiting. And waiting is a great trial, painful to the ‘flesh’ which wants things done immediately; human nature cannot wait. But God makes us wait. He says, ‘In patience possess your souls.’
Our faith is being tested. Can we hold on? Or are we going to give up? The weeks pass, and months pass by. There is no answer. Where is God? It is as if He has gone and hidden Himself somewhere. We keep clinging to promises, but the promises are not fulfilled, and we become frustrated and we throw up our hands. ‘Lord, where are You? What are You doing? Deliver me from my distresses!’
Nevertheless God is working. He works in mysterious ways. He is doing something that neither human intellect nor human imagination can grasp. It is ‘beyond sight’, beyond human understanding. God’s ways are higher than our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Isaiah 55.8, 9.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.
Yes, He is working out His will. His will, not ours. His will is best for us. His wisdom is unfathomable.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
We have to wait. Through faith and patience, Abraham inherited the promises. Heb 6.12, 15. Patience is a virtue that springs out of deep trial. Like ‘saxifrage, the flower that splits the rocks’. Patience is the virtue that deepens faith. So that we are not shaken, but continue to trust.
Our God will come; He will not delay. ‘Behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with Me.’
Surely, He is a faithful God. Our faith may fail, but yet He ‘remains faithful’. 2 Tim 2.13. His faithful promise ‘abides forever’. In due time, it will bring forth its precious fruit. And we will rejoice in in our God. ‘This is our God for whom we have waited; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.’ Isaiah 25.9
[November 2010. The link is https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/How-to-Increase-your-Faith ]