The just shall live by faith, and that aint easy.
Perhaps some are confused why faith isn’t easy. “I believe Jesus died and rose again, what’s the big deal? It’s not like some days I don’t believe that.”
Well, living by faith goes beyond assenting to the facts of the Gospel. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
The word of God tells us many things about the Gospel. Christ is the center of the Gospel, and at the center of Christ and the Gospel is the mindset of Christ. He humbled Himself in the form of a servant. He became obedient unto death.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Living by faith means a humble, service in obedience to the person of Christ. To esteem others better than yourself. To fulfill the law of Christ by bearing one anothers burdens. Meekness. Gentleness. Patience.
Again, sounds nice. What’s the big deal?
The big deal is that life is filled with things that challenge your humility, gentleness, meekness, and patience! Sitting in a chair thinking about being like Jesus and going to Wal-Mart and dealing with people is completely different.
Take the president for instance. Right now Christians are up in arms over President Obama’s treatment of Israel and Netanyahu. He’s turning on Israel, this is an affront to the Bible and God’s plan for the nations! Outrage! Uproar!
The New Testament repeatedly tells believers (those who live by faith) to submit to the government and honor them. Pray for them. Humility and meekness in the midst of disagreeing, is still humble enough to recognize what God said about Government.
Many, at such times, flop out the old “God is still on the throne” line and carry on ripping apart the President.
But no really, God is on the throne and, according to the Bible, all rulers are on their throne because God put them there! (Romans 13).
Not only is God on the throne, all rulers were put on their throne by God. You do know these go together, right?
Furthermore, Proverbs says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
As we rant and rave over our stupid politicians, we demonstrate a remarkable lack of faith in the integrity of God’s Word!
The Bible shows several Gentile kings coming to their senses under conviction by God (king of Nineveh, Nebuchadnezzar, the Queen of Sheba).
The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God. No amount of you fuming is going to help.
People of faith, people who live by faith, trust God and His word, which is a giant calming influence. All the tension you feel in politics, the anger for the other side, is not helping you nor them. You can let it go.
Again, living by faith is moment by moment. It’s hard. Bringing every thought captive to Christ is tough. Paul knows–much of what I talked of above was said by him while awaiting his death under his government’s power.
And Politics is just one minor part of what “living by faith” is about.
The Bible actually means what it says. Do we have the faith to go with it?