For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.—Romans 12:3
Faith is easy to talk about. Churches are full of people singing about faith. In the USA, the coins are even inscribed with ‘In God we trust’. Yet talking, singing and reading about faith is very different to living in faith.
Faith in God means we rely on him and depend on his reliability. Having faith means realizing that God’s plans for us are even better than our own. Proverbs 14:12 reminds us, “There is a way that appears to be right (to us), but in the end, it leads to death. ” Trust in God acknowledges that His ways are best.
Our faith develops as we listen to, study, and immersing ourselves in the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 tells us, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Faith is God’s Word activated. As we read our Bibles, God’s Word puts everything else into perspective. As we then begin to see God for who He is and consequently the challenges of life for what they are.
Rick Warren wrote: Self-help books often give you helpful insight. They can tell you the right thing to do, but they just don’t give you the power to do it. Self-help books tell you that you should stop worrying or you should give up all your bad habits. Helpful, yes, but you don’t have the power to keep the advice. Those books aren’t alive.
But God’s Word not only tells you what to do; it gives you the power to do it. And it increases your faith as you do it.
- How does God’s Word increase your faith?
- How does Scripture challenge you to trust in God ways rather than your own ways?
Father, Thank You for your Word. Thank You for the way it helps build our faith. Help us always to trust in You. Help us to read and study our Bibles often so that we can live as people of faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.