Romans 1:17 (MSG) God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”
I like how the Message paraphrases Romans 1:17, especially the first few words
“Gods way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith.”
When we come to Christ and accept His redeeming work on Calvary, He gives us a gift. Not only does He give us eternal life, He also gives us the gift of faith. Faith is total dependence on God and a willingness to trust Him and do life His way. Faith is complete and humble obedience to live our lives according to God’s word. Faith is the simple act of placing our trust in the God who: created the world and everything in it, knows the depths of our hearts, loves us unconditionally, wants to comfort us in our times of struggle, and guides us into a deeper more intimate relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Grab your Bible or go to your favorite Bible app and take a look at the words of Proverbs 3:5 – 6. These verses encourage us to trust God completely, with our whole heart and try not to figure everything out on our own. In everything we do and everywhere we go, we must listen for God’s voice. You know what His voice sounds like right? It is that still, gentle voice that keeps us on track. Of course, I say that and it’s not exactly the easiest thing to do, is it? Sometimes we just think our problems are too big or little for God to handle. Other times we may think we can manage our circumstances on our own only, but that only makes things worse.
May I encourage you today with the following thoughts:
As we put our trust in Him by exercising the gift of faith, we will find rest for our souls in Him alone (Psalm 62: 5 – 8).
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) Let us hold unswervingly [emphasis mine] to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
In 2 Kings 4:8 – 34 we are introduced to a wealthy Shunammite woman who was generous and hospitable to the prophet, Elisha. We are told in 2 Kings 4:8 that Elisha would stop at her house and enjoy a meal every time he passed through town. One day the woman talked with her husband and they agreed to add a room onto their house for Elisha to stay in while travelling.
Elisha recognized her kindness and wanted to put in a good word for her with the King or the Commander of the Army. But the Shunammite woman wasn’t looking for favor. She was content to live around her family and friends. Elisha wanted to bless her for her hospitality. So while talking with his servant, Gehazi, Elisha learned that the woman and her aging husband were childless. So Elisha called for the woman and promised her that by the same time next year, she would hold a son in her arms.
Like Sarah, she reacted in disbelief (Gen. 18:10-15) as she objected asking Elisha not to mislead her. Yet, a year later, she held a son in her arms. What a surprising gift! Unlike other barren women we read about through scripture (Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah) this women carried the desire for a child in her heart (Psalm 37:4). She wasn’t angry or bitter because life hadn’t exactly turned out the way she planned. She simply continued to serve the Lord and his people and God rewarded her for her faithfulness.
A few years later the boy fell ill (with a severe headache) while visiting his father in the fields. One of the servants brought the boy to his mother and she held him close to her until he died at noon. Without saying a word, she laid the boy on Elisha’s bed and left immediately for Mt. Carmel in hopes of finding Elisha.
The women traveled 25 miles to get to Elisha. When she saw Gehazi approaching her she was kind to him yet it was Elisha she wanted to see. Distressed she spoke to Elisha directly “Did I ask you for a son? Did I not say, Do not mislead me?” (v. 29) Immediately Elisha gave Gehazi his staff and commanded him to run and not talk to anyone along the way. When he arrived at the house, Elisha commanded Gehazi to lay the staff on on the boy’s face.
Gehazi left, however the woman didn’t want the servant…she wanted Elisha. Elisha and the women hurried to Shunem to see the boy. When Elisha got there the boy’s lifeless body lay in his bed. Closing the door behind him, Elisha stretched out his body across the boy so that their hands, mouths and eyes touched and began to pray. He could feel the cold body begin to warm. Elisha got up and began to walk around the room. After a short time passed, he stretched out his body one more time, began to pray and the boy’s chest lifted. Then he sneezed. The boy was alive.
Even in the face of impossible circumstances, God kept His promise. The woman held unswervingly to the promise of God.
So what promise from God are you unswervingly holding on to even through everything you see seems impossible? Leave me a comment below and I will agree with you in prayer for the promise that you are holding on to.
My prayer today is that we will look beyond the circumstance and focus on Almighty God who ALWAYS keeps His promises.