Living By Faith
Eccl. 3:11 – He hath made everything beautiful (appropriate) in his (its) time; also he hath set the world (eternity) in their heart, so that no man can find out (fully understand) the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Anything ugly in this world must be ultimately attributed to sin; God did not make it so. God looked at His creation and saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:31). God does everything just right and on time, but we can never completely understand what He is doing. God makes everything appropriate in its time. But we cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. It is just too vast. It is beyond our comprehension. There is so much more for me to learn. I am growing in knowledge and faith, but I have discovered that the more I learn the more there is to be learned!
God has placed eternity in our hearts. St. Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they learn to rest in Thee.” Man is the only worshipping creature; we long for the face of God. C.S. Lewis said, “Our Heavenly Father has provided many delightful inns for us along our journey, but he takes great care to see that we do not mistake any of them for home.”
Do we ever graduate from the school of faith? I don’t think so. I am still just a work in progress! How many times the Lord must look at me and say, Oh ye of little faith! I want to be like Stephen—a man full of faith! (Acts 6:5). We have been justified by faith. We have received Jesus as our Savior by faith. So we must walk by faith! As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him. Col. 2:6. Our faith increases as we hear, read, meditate, and obey the Word of God. Rom. 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. II Cor. 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight. Rom. 1:17 – The just shall live by faith. Heb. 11:6 – Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God).
Jesus has told us that the life of faith is like that of a little child resting in the arms of his father. The Father knows what to do, and how and when to do it! We must trust in Him. We must live by faith. We must rest in His promise. Rom. 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Living By Faith