Like most writers, I’m especially fond of words— words in fiction novels, words in magazines, in SS papers, in devotionals, in songs, etc. As a result, my house is overrun with books, magazines, all sorts of things containing words (even on scraps of paper.) For example, I made a quick count just now and I think we have 18 Bibles (in different versions).
So now I am trying to downsize. I’ve been going through magazines to see what I can give away or throw away. I found an article from 2016 that has some good advice on faith. Tony Evans quotes part of his own book, Raising Kingdom Kids published by Tyndale House, 2014.
“What is faith? …Faith is acting like God is telling the truth” (page 40 of Focus on the Family, Oct/Nov 2016.)
This made an impression on me and I thought “What has God been telling me?” So I said to myself, the Bible says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I continue my faithfulness to you.” “In everything God works for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” “I am with you always.” “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in Christ Jesus.”
Of course, there are many others, and when I read them I will remember God tells the truth.
Tony Evans also said: “Faith means acting on what God says in spite of our opinions, our experience, our education. Faith is acting on the truth, whether we feel the truth or not, whether we like the truth or not, whether we agree with the truth or not.” (p. 40).
For instance, Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”
Sometimes “the greatest lessons of faith —when we recognize most clearly the light and truth of God’s love—happen in the dark.” “God may also allow difficulties in our lives that are not the result of anything we’ve done but are an opportunity to strengthen our faith…God works through trials for our good.” (p. 40).
Then Mr. Evans goes on to compare faith to a marathon and that reading and memorizing scripture prepares one for it.
Do you have any thoughts or memories about faith you’d like to share with me? I’d love a comment.
God bless you all. Judith Vander Wege
author of Rescued by God’s Mercy, The Runaway, and Songs and Poems From a Yielded Heart.