Faith is …
We must get our bowl clean, first by getting rid of all the wrong deeds in it – and by polishing it well, so that it looks good enough to be used. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that: 22… Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God.
The second suggestion to help us prepare our bowl is to strive for faith. But what is faith? Faith is to believe that God will make his promises come true. Faith is a guarantee that He will do everything as He promised.
It’s like my bakkie’s guarantee. When I bought the bakkie, the salesman explained all the benefits to me. One of the benefits is the guarantee – obviously with a lot of small print one doesn’t always understand.
One day a noise like a cricket started up somewhere in the engine. Eventually I realised that when I tapped the clutch ever so slightly, the cricket disappeared. So, I took the bakkie back. The mechanic gave a long whistle. My friend says that when mechanics start their training for the first time, they spend the first three days learning to whistle, but let’s put that aside for a moment.
The guy started talking money, lots of money, because the gearbox would have to be taken out and maybe the clutch and the clutch plates would have to be replaced.
That’s when I remembered the salesman talking about the guarantee, and surprise, surprise, the manufacturer would cover a major part of the cost. I was so grateful.
And that’s how faith works too. We must hold onto God’s promises with everything we have. We must believe that He really loves us. And that’s so easy to believe, because for Him to allow Jesus to die on the cross to pay for the sin we committed and will still commit is the biggest example of his love for us.
To believe becomes more difficult as the waves rise around us and the storm winds grow stronger. Then it is sometimes difficult to keep on believing that God will find a way to rescue us. It’s as if the storm winds are blowing our faith right out the door.
That is why we must hold onto our faith in difficult times. We must believe that God will be there for us. With everything we have we must keep holding onto each and every promise that God gives us in His Word. We must know that He will not go back on his word. Indeed, that is the test. Especially in hard times, our faith must be our firm anchor and foundation.
To be a bowl that God can use, we must have faith that is anchored in God; we must believe that He will keep his promises one by one. You know, the wind rises up all too often. When we don’t expect it, the storm winds come and we feel as if our boat won’t make it.
That is when we have to be an example to others and talk about our faith in God. Indeed, that is when God will use us to make a difference in the lives of other people.
May God help us to keep believing!
2 Tim 2:22-26
What does your faith look like?
Does God keep his promises?
Do you believe Him?
Lord, I know I have to hold onto my faith. I must believe that You will make all your promises come true, for me too. But my faith slips away so quickly and then I try and hold onto the wrong things. Please help me to believe in the right way. Amen.