Saturday, February 12, 2011

True Faith

Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 3:14, For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
True faith is not based on what God has done but on who He is.  True faith is knowing that whether we get our way or not, God is faithful and just and will work all things out for our good.
We sometimes treat God like He is Santa Claus, only there to give us our wants and magically everything we ask for we will be given.  How many of us have children who at one time or another have asked for things that were not good for them and maybe even potentially hazardous?  How many times have we had to say no?  Does  that mean we are not still their parents?  Does that mean we don't love them?  No, of course not.  If they knew our character as parents, they would know how much it sometimes pains us not to be able to give them everything they ask for.  
If we know our God and His true character, then we know that He is going to work things out for our good and He is going to give us those things that line up with His will.
I like what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said in Daniel.  
Daniel 3:17-18  17If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
You know what they were saying?  Even IF God did not deliver them, He was still God, still their God and they would serve no other.  They had true faith!  Faith that knew no matter what the outcome, God was (and still is) faithful and would take care of them.
True faith in God must be based on knowing God's character, knowing His will and knowing without a shadow of a doubt that no matter what happens, NO MATTER WHAT, He loves us and will do what is best for us if we walk with Him.  
In faith,