A Thought on Faith

… but the righteous person will live by his faith…

  • Habakkuk 2:4b (alternate NIV faith, or faithfulness)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

  • Romans 1:16-17

“Faith is the belief that God is real and that God is good. … It is a choice to believe that the one who made it all hasn’t left it all and that he still sends light into the shadows and responds to gestures of faith. …

“Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.

“God says that the more hopeless your circumstances, the more likely your salvation.  The greater your cares, the more genuine your prayers.  The darker the room, the greater the need for light.

“God’s help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it.”

  • Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones

I am going to start some very short posts for a few weekends.  Who knows, by next weekend, I might be writing medium to long reads.  So, at least today’s and tomorrow’s posts will be from Max Lucado’s God’s Inspirational Promise Book.  Each little devotion takes a snippet from another of Lucado’s books.

Thus, the first paragraph may feel incomplete.  Due to the gaps, parts Lucado left out to squeeze the words onto one page of a small book, I have no idea what Max Lucado wrote in the original book, but what he has is pretty good.

The next paragraph says that God will do what is right.  At least, a belief that He will.  And God does, but we may not think it right for us at the time.  Having faith, then, might be the belief that God does what is right, even when it doesn’t feel like it at the time.

The next paragraph is an inverse build.  Lucado starts with a bold statement that many may disagree with, especially those who may not be that hopeless in their circumstances.  But are those people thinking deep enough?  We are all hopeless without God.  Then Lucado throws in a poetic middle sentence, before making an obvious, real-life analogy.  Think about it.  Have you ever been in a cave when the guide turned the lights out?  I always had the ability to roam inside or in the forest at night with moonlight.  I know that some people cannot, and when they flip on a flashlight, my night vision is compromised.  Then working back from the obvious analogy, we see how our prayers can be more genuine and our faith toward salvation more solid.

And Lucado’s concluding sentence is worth repeating.

“God’s help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it.”

May we seek the Lord today and every day.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. is that a current photo Mark of Fall??
    That is an anomaly down here…
    in all my life, I can’t ever remember our having an upcoming Oct. 1 with a predicted high of 95.
    Our trees are stuck on dried up brownish green

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