JULY 16. Galatians 5:22-23
What is faith? One way is to think of “faith” as 5 words, each beginning with the letters of the word faith: For All I Trust Him. Of course, the “Him” refers to our precious Lord. That essentially is faith, for faith is belief in God and what He promises. Do you have faith? Do you really believe in God and have this simple trust in Him? Do you trust Him for all things? Faith is trusting in Him even if things go wrong. Faith is, as the classic chapter on Faith in Hebrews 11 teaches us, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The closer we are to God, the more we read the bible and maintain our Quiet Time, the more faith we will have. Dear child, the Christian walk is a wonderful thing but we must have faith. Even if we cannot see God, we know He is real. Although we may not know a lot of the bible since we are young, all children have what it takes to be close to God, and that something is this quiet confidence in God that He will take care of us. Do you have faith in God? Do you pray to Him and really trust Him to help you?
There was this story of a village in Korea that was invaded by enemies who were haters of God. They rounded the villagers, known for their belief in Jesus. The enemy then made a crude wooden cross and placed it in the center of the circle where the villagers gathered. Then they announced: “If you want to live, you will have to renounce your faith in Jesus, then come to the center and spit at the cross!” No one moved. Then the leader of the enemies had an evil plan – force the pastor to first do it and that will break the will of the people. Turning their attention to the pastor, they pointed a gun at his head and told him to betray Jesus. Confused and lacking confidence in God, the pastor did the cowardly thing and spat at the cross. The crowd was shocked! How could the pastor do it! But one by one, the others followed. If the pastor could do it to save his life, the rest could too.
It was the children’s turn next. A little girl proceeded to the cross and did something that stunned the rest to silence, then tears. Instead of spitting at the cross, she cradled it in her arms, and wiped it clean with her clothes. It was told that act of faith so touched the enemies they released the entire village.
Thought: Would I have the faith of this little girl?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know my faith in Thee may be small. But please teach me to grow in my faith. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.