Faith is an interesting aspect of the Christian life. At first glance it appears that God rewards us for our faith and there may be an element of truth in that. However, the substance of faith is that our very small commitment of faith brings us into a correct relationship with God which allows Him to accomplish all the work. It may seem like a fine line but it is an important one. It’s not that “I have faith so I am going to do a certain thing” it’s “I have faith and will watch Him accomplish what He said He would do”. It’s realizing that we, for the most part, don’t have much control over things in life and must place what little faith we are capable of in Him.

When we are babes in Christ we seem to have a mixture of faith and emotion and we are excited to begin the Christian walk. But soon difficulties come and we fall back wondering why the Lord has failed us. We are unwilling to give up and often our friends come to our aid, however, we seem to find ourselves in a long period of drought. It is almost like a wilderness experience, some victories and some defeats and somewhat of a struggle as we search for answers and the deeper Life. Finally, then, we find ourselves with no hope and no where to turn except the Lord. These are the ‘trials of our faith’ (1 Peter 1) and faith must be tested. They are necessary to rid us of the dross and bring us to the point of total faith and trust in Him. We are then able to ‘walk in faith’ (2 Cor. 5;7) and say like Job, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him’ (Job 13:15)

The Lord knows our human frame and how weak we are. For that reason He asks for faith as little as a mustard seed and if we ‘persevere to the end ‘ we will reap enormous blessing ‘in this life and the next’. In a sense he left it up to us when He said, “Be it unto you according to your faith”.

Faith is a living pow’r from heav’n
Which grasps the promise God has giv’n;
Securely fixed on Christ alone,
A trust that can not be o’er thrown. (Faith is a Living Power from Heaven)