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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Fiecre Faith

"... but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

This is faith, not a simple belief that God exists, but a genuine faith that the God of Scripture is the only real, divine, unoriginated, infinite, eternal and true God, who exists and Who is able by His energy, beneficence, bounty and providential care to provide the means by which all things have continued existence.

In some cases this is enough, just to believe, but further to this we have the added emphasis of the presence of reward. For most that means eternal life, the option of not going to Hell and suffering eternal fire and the salting of wounds. Truly this is reward and a reward beyond description. It is a reward incomparable and undeserved. It is a reward beyond the ability of any life led by which we would attempt to honour through devotion to religious service a God Who provides such prize.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

This is faith, a confidence, an assurance, the trust in the fidelity, truth, wisdom and promise of God that what He has declared will happen. The hope of the reward. This is found in the personal, dynamic relationship, the evidence, which transforms lives through the salvation provided for by God in Jesus Christ His Son.

Faith is the acting upon the unseen and unknown, it is trust in what we cannot comphrehend.

Faith is believing that God is Who He says He is and that He will do all that He has said He will do.

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed ..."

Faith is not an effort, a striving, a ceasless seeking, as so many people suppose, it is rather a letting go, an abandonment, an abiding rest in God. Faith means that nothing not even the soul's shortcomings can disturb the peace "... which surpasses all understanding, (and) guards our hearts and minds ..."

"Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make its nest on high?"

"As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings,..."

Faith requires a stepping out,

the forcing to believe when doubts prevail,
to have confidence when all else fails

to tread upon the heights and crags,
and know of God's goodness in all things.

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