Hebrews says, “My righteous ones shall live by faith” (Heb. 10:38 NLT).
Faith pleases God and directs the steps of those who honor Him. Since faith puts us in the center of God’s will and garners His smile, let’s examine how faith looks.
To live by faith is to live with assurance.
- God is who He says He is.
- God keeps His promises.
- God hears our requests and answers according to what’s best.
- God is involved in our everyday lives.
Read through the Gospels, and you’ll notice how Jesus valued faith. Every time He saw it He’d stop the crowds to make sure they recognized it.
Biblical faith is not superstitious mumbo jumbo. It’s taking God at His Word. Hebrews eleven provides many examples of people commended for their faith.
These people show us that biblical faith is not limited to a particular background, ethnicity, amount of Bible knowledge, or personality type. Prostitutes, generals, kings, shepherds, and outcasts all found favor through faith. But biblical faith shares two defining traits.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Heb. 11:6 NLT).
- Faith believes God exists.
- Faith believes God rewards those who sincerely seek Him.
We walk by faith when we sincerely ask God for wisdom and believe He’ll supply it because that’s what He’s promised (James 1:5-7). Trusting God to give us wisdom is different from feeling confident in our ability to recognize the right choice. Our confidence rests in knowing God is greater than our shortcomings. He is able to break through our insecurities and convoluted emotions to supply what we need when we need it. (For more on this read “Just Ask.”)
I experienced this one birthday when Larry told me I could get a piece of art I’d been eying. I brought it home. I liked it. Larry was happy for me to have it, but a feeling of hesitancy surprised me.
I asked God what to do. As I asked, I wondered if I would hear Him since my feelings were pretty set on having the print. I chose to override my doubt with faith. I told the Lord, “I know You are bigger than my desires. I will trust You to direct me.”
The next morning, my first thoughts were to return the print. I hopped out of bed and wrapped it up. When I handed it to Larry to return, he said, “Are you sure?”
“Positive,” I smiled.
I never regretted my decision.
When we place our faith in God’s ability to answer instead of in our ability to hear, we have peace and receive His wisdom. God puts His name on the line when He promises to guide us on the right path. “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake (Ps. 23:3 NIV, emphasis added).
If you’ve prayed for wisdom and don’t sense an answer, ask God to search your heart. Make sure you aren’t overlooking His revealed will in another area. If we aren’t doing what we know, why should He provide further guidance?
Sometimes, the answer is “Wait.” He’s heard us, but it’s not time to move. Keep trusting (Prov. 3:5-6). Keep exercising the two aspects of faith in Hebrews 11:6.
Faith pleases God and gives us hope while we wait. Focus your faith on Christ instead of your timetable. Then stay attentive as you read His Word and live life. “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed’” (Rom. 10:11 NASB).
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