“It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in Him if you do not do anything He tells you to do.” –George MacDonald
Faith is not only believing God for something, it is trusting Him to the point of obedience. Anyone can believe, but only those who believe to the point of action are really operating in the realm of faith. Jerry Bridges observes, “One of the banes of present-day evangelical Christianity is the way we sit every week under the teaching of God’s Word, or even have private devotions and perhaps participate in a Bible study group, without a serious intent to obey the truth we learn.”
Faith bids us to step out on the water. Faith calls us to wash in the pool of Siloam. The kind of faith that pleases God demands you cross over seas and march around walls. Faith is more than an itemized list of facts that we adhere to; faith is an exploit of impossible, improbable feats made possible by trusting the One Who bids you come.
Therefore, as you live out your faith today, you are not only acknowledging certain truths, you are engaging your life by those truths. Have faith enough to believe; live faith enough to obey. As George MacDonald contends, “It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in Him, if you do not do anything He tells you.”
Daily Reading: II Samuel 14-15
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