Sunday, March 6, 2011

Faith Comes by Hearing…

Bible teacher and writer Beth Moore explains in one of her books, Believing God, that there is a big difference between ‘believing in God’ and ‘believing God.’ She argues that believing that God exists is completely different from believing what He says to us in His Word and how that applies to our lives. Indeed, many people say that they believe in God’s existence, but more often than not their profession of faith can easily be followed by the statement, “I just don’t know anything about Him or the difference He can make in my life.” Now, what good is it to believe in God, when we don’t know the role He plays in the world today and especially in our individual lives?

Hebrews 11:6 says: Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. There is an important truth in this verse. Not only must we believe in God’s existence, but we must understand that He has blessings and rewards for those who believe and seek Him. But how do we get to that point? One way to acquire this kind of faith according to Romans 10:17 is by learning what God says in His Word. Here the apostle Paul says that, faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Therefore, in order to go beyond simply believing in God’s existence to the point of trusting Him completely, we must hear/read His Word and meditate upon its truths. We also need to cultivate our relationship with God through prayer and daily interact with Him.

In other words, if we want our faith in God to make a difference in our lives, we must seek real knowledge of Him by learning who He is, what pleases and displeases Him, and what He thinks and says about us. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has good plans for our lives, to prosper us and give us a future and a hope. But how can we fulfill His good plans for us, if we don’t know anything about them?

Therefore, the question confronting us today is, “Will we take the time to get to know God?”

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