Faithful or Foolish…?

Written by BG Howard

July 3, 2024

There is a lot to be said about a person’s level or degree of faith when it comes to his or her belief in the power of the Lord.  According to the Word, Hebrews 11: 6 (King James Version) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

Throughout the sixty-six books of the bible, there are seventy-five verses that detail the essential foundation of Christianity as being that of faith.  One has to have faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and employ that same sense of assurance that He died for the sins of all mankind.  Faith in the fact that He rose from the dead, departed a borrowed tomb and has taken His place in heaven at the right hand of the Father is the quintessential element of our Christian belief system.

Another important aspect of Christianity is communication with the Lord which is accomplished through two main directives.  It is necessary to read and study the Word (bible) as that is the primary means through which God discloses and reveals His truth to devout followers.  Prayer is essential as well; given that is the method utilized to convey everything from reverence, worship, thoughts, desires and appreciation to the Lord.  First Thessalonians 5: 17 (King James Version) directs that believers should “Pray without ceasing” which serves to signify the importance of that communicative aspect of the relationship.

As specified to this point, faith more-or-less establishes the foundation for all things Christian.  There are those who employ dependability upon Jesus’ promises to the point that nothing in life is even considered without including Him.  (If we could all grow our faith to that degree!)  And then, there are people who propose their actions are faith based who haven’t bothered to first consult the object of that belief. 

Proverbs 3: 6 (King James Version) details, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  Unfortunately, many professed Christians embark upon the process of their lives doing the exact opposite.  Plans are first contrived, etched out and attempt made at executing them.  If things turn out as desired, everything is good as biscuits and gravy. 

However, should it be that there’s an adverse result or “consequence” to our actions then it’s, “Oh Lord, please allow…” or “Lord Your word says that You’ll grant me whatever I ask.”  Most tend to simply skip the most important part of the verse which states in I John 3: 22 (King James Version), “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

It’s incredibly short-sided of people to expect the Lord should keep his promises to us when we exhibit a blatant disregard for His direction.  How many times have you made a promise contingent upon the actions of another person, held up your end but not expected that they should honor their commitment?  That’s essentially what people do to the Lord repeatedly on a daily basis.

A young woman was speaking recently about what she “expected” the Lord to do in the line of blessing her with a new vehicle.  She’d gone to a car dealership and more-or-less falsified pertinent information to qualify for the loan necessary to finance the vehicle.  Then she had the audacity to let it fall from her lips that there was an expectation the Lord would provide ample means to make the sixty monthly payments.  In my humble opinion, that isn’t a matter of faithfulness but utter foolishness and it lends to circumstances that bare false witness against the Lord.  I could be wrong but it’s just something to consider.

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