We can see in Romans 10 that faith comes by hearing the word of God – the bible. This invites us to take scriptures that address the issues of our concern, and keep on reading, listening, meditating and praying over them until it triggers faith in our hearts.
We can understand from Ecclesiastes that things don’t just happen in the life of the believer.
First, we are told that God is the author of everything.
Second, he does everything for a purpose.
Third, he does everything at a specific time.
1/ God initiates all things
In John 1:1-3 it’s said “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Also, in Genesis, we see that the whole of creation isn’t an accident but the work of a creator.
2/ God does all things for a purpose
The Christian can be secure that there is a reason behind everything that God has made and that he will do in the future. The realisation of this truth helps us to live without pressure, and in confidence and trust that we are His, and that he has the final word on our circumstances. The end will be for his praise and glory.
3/ God does things in his time
Not everything is done in a day or at once. It is easy to allow fear or discouragement come into our hearts when time goes by without we seeing the fulfilment of our prayers and expectations. These two sentiments (fear and discouragement) are enemies of peace and prevent our faith from producing. Hebrews 10:35-39 says this: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
‘For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.’
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”
This passage means that God rewards – he expects faith, perseverance and obedience from us, and then we will receive the fulfilment of the promise.
Our waiting must not be passive, but active. Let’s be busy doing the work of the Lord by making ourselves available to the church and the community (see Luke 1 where Zachariah was busy serving in the temple while waiting for his miracle; he was divinely visited). Alongside our service, let us also be spiritually active – sticking to the word of the Lord, in fasting, prayer and faith. Habakkuk 2:1-3 says:
“I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.
The Just Live by Faith
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.”
God is not a man to lie, nor a child of man to repent. Whatever he promises, he will do. But only in his time and under his terms. And they are always for our best interest. Let us therefore continue in faith knowing that “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Keep on believing…