There is a story of a man who travelled to a foreign hospital for some cheap medical care. When he arrived, he noticed that the hospital was in a fair poorer condition than what he was used to in the USA. When the doctor came, he asked about his training but all the information was a bit sketchy, none the less, the hospital manager came and reassured the man that this was the right place and the surgeon was the best. Well, the man went into surgery with great confidence but came out in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He had strong faith—but it was misplaced faith.
Paul, in Romans 1-4, focuses on the fact that men are saved by faith.The word faith is used 36 times, but after Romans 5:2 this word is not used again until chapter 9. Yet, the name of Christ is used only five times between the introduction of the book and Romans 4:24, is now suddenly used 10 times in this one chapter. Paul is clearly shifting from the means of faith to its object.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1
As the hospital story above illustrates, there is no use putting our trust in the wrong things. In Paul’s day, people were still putting their trust in false religions or the Old Testament law to make themselves right with God. The problem was that neither had the power to do so. Today people put their trust in money, fame, looks etc, but we’ve all read of people who have had all these and still live unfulfilled lives. Hence, Paul points us to Jesus. The only one who can meet all our needs. The only one who is always faithful.
Often we worry that our faith is too small. We need to distinguish between the size of our faith and the object of our faith. Max Lucado writes: “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”
No matter how small and insufficient we think we are and our faith is, let’s keep on praying. Remember, it is the object of our faith is our Almighty Heavenly Father.
Do you find yourself put faith in the wrong things or wrong people?
How do you feel knowing that God is always faithful?
Father, Thank You that you are always faithful and never fail us. Help us to put our complete trust in You and Your ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen