walk in the word
We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, esv).
Among some of the most foundational verses in all the Bible is Habakkuk 2:4 (nkjv)—“The just shall live by his faith.” Faith. Every step we take with God is a step of faith—trusting Him, leaning upon Him, resting in Him, believing His promises. That’s the Christian life. Faith is the way into it, and faith is the way through it.
Without this confident belief, Christians don’t live in victory or walk in the strength that God wants to give them today. Without it, Christians don’t experience comfort for their heartaches. Without faith, they don’t ask and receive. How many things are lost in life because of a lack of belief? And how many things, with it, could be gained?Faith is believing the Word of God and acting upon it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result. Click To Tweet
But the better question is why?—why would any believer not live by faith?
John 3:16, we know, is sort of the central, biblical verse for lost people. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (esv). But the John 3:16 of the Christian life, I’d say, is Romans 8:28: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” If you don’t believe God is good, you will not be able to walk by faith. You’ll live as though good things must be gotten because God won’t give them . . . because God, you might be tempted to think, is not good. And yet He is.
“The Lord is good” (Nahum 1:7).
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good” (Psalm 136:1).
“Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18).
Faith, as I’ve said many times, is believing the Word of God and acting upon it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result. God is good. The word “good” means kind, generous, benevolent. His intent toward His children is to bless them, hear them, help them, heal them. Even when we’ve made mistakes, perhaps disastrous mistakes, His disposition toward us as His son or daughter is to work it all together for good.
I have looked on with shock at times, seeing the goodness of God take some of the truly foolish things I’ve done—deep regrets in my life—and in His benevolent kindness begin piecing those things together and using them for my good. When He shows us where we’re wrong, when He leads us to humble ourselves and seek His forgiveness, He’s not trying to limit or diminish our happiness in any way. He is doing it for our good. Because He is good.
The goodness of God is the soil that faith grows in. The fact that God is good is what motivates your belief when you can’t see any other reason for going on. Faith is the foundational bedrock belief that better days are ahead, that things are not going to end the way they are now.
And there’s only one reason for believing such a lofty, hopeful, problem-defying attitude: God is good. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
That’s how a Christian lives by faith.
You are good, Lord God. Your ways are good; Your Word is good. Everything about You is good. And You have given me the opportunity to live by faith in Your goodness. Today, in situations where I’m struggling to find anything good, increase my faith by anchoring it to You—to Your good and faithful presence with me in any storm and the deepest waters. I trust that You are working Your good purposes out in the midst of every situation. My faith is in You, Lord, and my prayer is in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, amen.
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