The righteous will live by his faith.
Faith is the assurance that God will do what He has promised to do even when all evidence is to the contrary. Let me illustrate that for you.
Some time ago I was invited to another city to speak. The host told me, “When you get to the airport, just call the hotel where we are having you stay. The hotel has a courtesy van that will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel.” When I arrived at the airport, I pulled out the letter, found the name of the hotel, and called them. The hotel receptionist said, “I will have a van there in 10 minutes.” I got my luggage and stood outside, waiting for the hotel van to come. I had a feeling it was going to come. I certainly hoped it was going to come. I had optimism that it was going to come. And when it began to drizzle, I thought positive thoughts and said three times, “I believe. I believe. I believe.” But the van did not come.
After about 10 minutes of standing out in the rain, I thought, “Why in the world am I standing here in the rain risking pneumonia based on the word of somebody I do not even know?” I did not know whether the person I talked to at the hotel could be trusted to do what he promised or not. So, I went back inside and called the hotel again. The person on the other end of the phone said, “I am sorry, Mr. Jeffress. I forgot all about you. I will have a van there in 10 minutes.” I walked back out and waited again. After about 10 minutes, the van finally came. The driver opened the door, smiled, and said, “I guess you lost faith that I was coming.” I said, “I certainly did.” I lost faith, because if I had had genuine faith, do you know what I would have done? I would have continued to stand outside. In spite of the rain, I would have stayed there saying, “Even though all evidence is to the contrary, I have confidence that the person at the hotel is going to do what he promised to do.”
That is what saving faith in God is. Saving faith in God means believing that God is going to do what He has promised to do. It is believing that if I trust in Christ to pay my sin debt for me–if I believe that it is not by my works but by His grace that I am going to be welcomed into Heaven–if I have that kind of faith, then I am going to be in a right standing before God. The Bible assures us, “The righteous will live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “(The) Just Live by Faith” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2014.
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