Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Heb. 10:38
Oh, to be “the just”, what a grace!
Without a doubt, this scripture speaks far more that just about trusting God for our earthly needs; but the latter is exactly what I want to speak about. During the year that has just passed, I can comfortably say that the greatest challenge that I had to deal with among believers on my turf had to do with money – or, rather, the lack of it. For reasons that are beyond my understanding, it just so happens that there is very little money around, and this natural situation has affected believers adversely. On average, out of every five challenges that I have come across amongst believers, four had to do a lack of money and the natural consequence of that, which is a lack of basic necessities.
The Bible, however, makes it clear that no situation comes to a believer without the express knowledge and permission of God, our heavenly Father. One of the most unmistakable instances in this regard is the Book of Job.
But one of the hardest lessons that the believer has to learn is that all these contrary situations come into our lives to test our faith. The reason for this is because God has said,
“The just shall live by faith”.
This scripture also talks of pleasing God. We cannot please God if we are not walking by faith.
And pray, what is faith?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)
The believer is to live an entirely different life than the natural man. He is not led by what is seen, nor what is available. He is led by things unseen, and by hope.
Such terrible times as most people are undergoing financially should be times of rejoicing. Why? Because we can exercise our faith more. When the ‘hope’ of this world ceases to be, it is the time for the Christian to pull out his ace card: his faith. It is a time to trust in God more. It is a time to see heaven that much closer. Actually, as I will be detailing in my following post, tribulation brings us far much closer to God.
So, as I received phone call after phone call from panicked believers who were in dire financial straits, I casually told them, “Relax, you are not about to die yet.” On the contrary, I had a solid message for them:
“The just shall live by faith.”
Where is our God? Remember, God is in heaven; He is above all.