living by faith...mark mccabe

Are you a recent believer or have you followed Jesus for many days?  Do you have great wealth or do you work diligently to produce a modest income?  What is your ethnicity, your education level or any other factor that differentiates us?  It doesn’t really matter because there is one tenet, if you are a Christian, to which we all must adhere.   “The righteous shall live by faith.”  Look it up for yourself.  Over and over the Bible clearly states the followers of Jesus "will live by faith."

 Even Jesus was not exempt from living by faith. As He became sorrowful and troubled in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asks his Father; is it possible to take away the cup of suffering He was about to go through?  Jesus then demonstrates His faith by praying:  “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Can we follow in the same manner?  No matter what we encounter in this life can we continue to trust and believe in the goodness of God?

 Have you considered the testimonies of those in our own community whose faith has been tried?  Broken relationships, the welfare of their children, financial pressures and sickness are some of the circumstances that have touched us.  How have they responded, how would we?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
My own responses have been varied, from fear and guilt (why has this happened to me?) to peace and sometimes real faith.  In my mind I know God is going to work every situation out for good but often I fall short of the faith I hope to have. The book of James says we should count it all joy when our faith is tested.  The testing actually helps us to mature and really know God!

Perhaps the best strategy is the simplest, like a child taking the hand of their parent.  Simply rest in the truth that He loves us and will never lead us astray.  I think the following says it best.

Galatians  2:20(b) “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”