Faith is the belief that God is real and that God is good. Faith is not a mystical experience or a midnight vision or a voice in the forest...It is a choice to believe that the one who made it all hasn't left it at all and that he still sends light into the shadows and responds to gestures of faith.
Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.
Blessed are the poor, nothing to give, trapped in a corner, destitute, diseased, Jesus said, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ( Matt.5:6 )
God's economy is upside down ( or right side up and ours is upside down.) 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. Nothing results from apathy.
Compared to God's part, our part is minuscule but necessary. We don't have to do much, but we do have to do something. Write a letter. Ask forgiveness, confess,. Be baptized. Feed a hungry person. Pray. Teach. Go.
Do something that demonstrates faith. For faith with no efforts is no faith at all. God will respond. He has never rejected a genuine gesture of faith. Never.
We use faith in a thousand ways every day without thinking about it. Every time we sit in a chair, drive a car, eat a bite of food, we are exercising trust. We can't prove that the chair will hold us or that the car is safe or that the food isn't poisonous. We simply practice unintentional faith. That's not the kind of faith God expects from us. The examples of faith we have seen in this lesson show us intentional faith. Faith that God is there and is active in our lives. Faith that doesn't know the immediate outcome but trusts God anyway. Faith that suffers because it knows that theres' more at stake than the immediate situation. Faith that doesn't really expect everything to work out on this side of eternity.
This faith is the faith that pleases God.
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