This week we are challenged with the question if we have faith and use trust can there be pride?Â Our Bible verse weÂ are focusing onÂ is Habakkuk 2:4;
”Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.” (NLT)
This month our verses, unintentionally, have seemed to all be about faith and trust in God. If we will commit our actions, plans, ideas and lives to God, Proverbs 16:3 taught us we will succeed. Last week in John 15:5 we learned that by keeping ourselves in Christ and he in us and not separating we will see our lives full of the fruits of the spirit making our lives here on earth better as we will be better people of Christian character allowing us to serve God’s will and our purpose here on earth.
Our theme of faith and trust continues as the Lord instructs us to ”stick with Him”. We must wait patiently putting our faith only in God and not the world around us as this week’s verse tells us. This is so very hard much of the time at least for me as I am not a very patient person and I want the problems of today ”fixed” yesterday. We want control of our lives and problems mean things are out of our control. We know God is there but we want the problem solved now and because of this we often put our faith andÂ trust in the things of this world over putting our faith and trust in God. This usually creates more problems causing us to cry out to God for help for the mess we are in and so now after attempting to solve our own problems we pray. But with faith if we pray first, listen, and then act our problems may be solved in such a glorious way that we could have not even imagined but that takes faith ”“ lots of faith. The Greek version of this verse reads, ”If the vision is delayed, wait patiently, for it will surely come and not delay.” So the second underlying lesson in faith is patience.Â We must accept that God will intervene if our hearts and plans are set in course with Him but we must seek God through faith and not think we are too great to do so, Psalms 10:4. We must seek his will in all we do so he can guide us, Proverbs 3:6. We must commit our actions to the Lord for success, Proverbs 16:3, for it is through our faith that we have life, Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11. We must remember why we were created and that it is our life’s mission to do God’s will but for this mission to be accomplished we must fully place our faith and trust in God. Life is often difficult and sometimes there appears to be no hope but during these times through our faith we must remember that God is in control and is causing all things to work together for His purpose and our good, Romans 8:28.
So this week when things don’t go like we expect, hope, or plan, when problems arise let’s put our faith tightly in God and trust patiently that He will see us through.
Praying for a problem free week but if problems arise I pray that we have the strength of faith to wait patiently on God to intervene.
Love in Christ,