Faith—All the Way

Hebrews 10:38   (KJV)   38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Hebrews 10.38 - Faith - All the WayOur greatest pleasure is pleasing God. Praise God for faith with which we please Him. As people who are forgiven, our lives are characterized by faith; that’s our lifestyle. We understand that drawing back from the faith—falling from grace displeases Him. That’s the last thing we want to find ourselves in.

There are reasons others draw back. There’s the allure of sexual pleasures; there’s the pull of power; there’s the enticements of material accumulations. Some pursue riches and are shipwrecked. Some can’t stand the scorches of hardships unique to believers.

We persevere. Nothing compares to the glorious life of faith. It brings inexplicable miraculous exploits only God-empowered people experience; it also causes a lot of sufferings. Through all, we’ve learned to be content and to rejoice. Who can equal to such a life?

 

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When God is Revealed

Revelation 15:4   (KJV)   4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Revelation 15.4 - When God is RevealedWhen everything is revealed, everyone will clearly see how just and perfect God’s ways are. We don’t question God. We have the ability to but not the position to. He is so much bigger than us; His thoughts and ways are way much higher—infinitely—much higher than our ways and thoughts.

Others have a tendency to question Him especially when bad things happen to them. Many times, people can become so arrogant in the way they treat a very loving and powerful Creator. I’m happy the Lord doesn’t always put us in our place quickly. He gives us more than enough time to snap out of our rebellious ignorance and to come to our senses. Some persist in their defiance.

But in God’s perfect timing, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. He will be revealed for Who He truly is—in His greatness, in His glory, in His splendor, in His majesty, in His holiness.  What a scene that will be. Believers and unbelievers alike will “stand” in awe—one in perfect joy, one in utter regret. All accusations hurled against God will vanish at the sight of eternal reality.

Fear and Justice

Isaiah 11:3   (KJV)   3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

This passage is commonly interpreted as a prophecy about the Lord Jesus. There are at least two things we can observe about His ways: He doesn’t struggle understanding the Isaiah 11.3 - Fear and Justiceconcept of fearing the LORD, and He judges not by outward appearances or factors alone.

It’s part of our growth into Christlikeness to fear the Lord. Those of us who understand His power and authority, His holiness, His justice and righteousness don’t find it difficult to comprehend why we need to fear Him.

Another Christlike attitude is being just and fair. And we do this by not being swayed by mere appearances. Some people are very good at wearing masks and telling lies. Yes, appearances can help, but there are other factors involved: things that aren’t obvious to our natural senses.

We continue living and growing in humble surrender before our heavenly Father Who is also God Almighty. It’s also a pleasure for us to continue living and growing in wisdom and discernment. It’s godly to be respectful, right, and fair.

Of Prayer, Persistence, and Justice

Luke 18:7   (KJV)   7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Praise God; He is just and He loves His people. He listens to His children when they pray, and He responds to their prayers. He answers right away, and His answers vary. There are times when He says yes, right now; there are times when He says yes, wait; there are times luke-18-7-of-prayer-persistence-and-justice-2when He says yes, but you need to keep knocking; there are times when He says no, point blank; there are times when He says no, I’ll give you something better. Whatever His response is; we’re sure it’s the best, and it’s for our best.

Clearly, when it comes to justice, our precious Lord Jesus is very clear that it’s our Father’s desire that we’ll be vindicated against those who treat us unjustly. We may have many and different reasons why He designed it in such a way that we ought to pray. God sovereignly pours out innumerable blessings we don’t pray for; we’re not even aware about many of them. But there are some things we pray for; there are some things we pray for—persistently. Interestingly, God sees and values our persistence; God responds favorably when we don’t give up; He grants us justice, and He does it quickly.

This is easy to understand because our God—the One true God—is just; He can’t act inconsistent to that. Our Lord Jesus pointed out that even judges who don’t fear God take action as a response to a person who persistently bugs them. How much more Him? He assures us; He will avenge us. The condition: we cry day and night to Him. When we do; justice comes fast. Obviously, praying for justice is a godly thing to do. This is a call to us as believers. Our life is about faith. We live by faith; not by sight, or feeling, or situations. When He comes, He will be pleased to see His children’s life of faith. And one of faith-life’s greatest expressions is persistence in prayer, especially regarding justice. Yes, we are at times treated unjustly; yes, we don’t take vengeance, but yes, we pray for justice—persistently.

God to Obey

Deuteronomy 26:17  (KJV)   17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:

People can choose who they will worship as God. Their choice will determine how they relate to their God/god. If they chose the LORD God, it follows that they need to submit to Him, listen to Him and obey Him. One of the natures of the LORD God is sovereignty. He rules supreme. We don’t command Him; He commands us. He’s not the One to obey His people; His people obey Him.

A god we can control proves he’s no god at all. God by essence is the greatest, most powerful, most exalted Being. He’s neither our servant nor our slave. He tells us what to do; we follow. That’s just a sensible arrangement. He sees the end from the beginning; isn’t He the most qualified to give us direction? He sees and knows all things; wouldn’t He know the best for us? He knows everything in and about us, what we’re able and unable to do, our joys and our sorrows, our triumphs and our trials, our struggles and our successes, our needs and our treasures. He knows how to deal with us perfectly. And knowing that He loves us so greatly, that’s a huge plus; we can trust that all His commands for us are for our greatest welfare.

Our perfect God, thank You for showing us the way to You – that we may meet You and know You and believe in You – the one true God. It would have been a disaster had we missed out on You. Ahhh, I can’t imagine the emptiness and horrors of finding ourselves worshiping a wrong entity. You are God – the only true God. Being God, you ought to be obeyed. Knowing that You’re God omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, holy, just and loving, that definitely and infinitely multiplies the reasons for us to heed Your Word and live in them, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.