I was listening to an address, being given at a group recovery meeting. A faith based Christian ministry administers the program. The speaker used scripture to help build character and self esteem with the men of the group. The men are recovering from the challenges of life, drugs, prison,etc. They sometimes don’t have many resources, or people who will back, or stand in their behalf. The program offers encouragement and much needed support. I’m proud to be associated with this ministry and back it’s effort fully.
The delivery of the message by the speaker reminded me of a similar theme. Often, when we think of faith, it is in terms of our own, or the faith of others. We spend time working on the quality of it as we deem to be necessary. The faith we have in GOD is what has and will keep us in his perfect peace. We know that he is faithful to always remain with those who love him. It is our faith that keeps changing and must be worked on.
There is however, a perfect kind of faith, one that never needs work or maintenance of any kind…not ever. That faith is, the faith of GOD! We are so blessed to have God’s faith. He has placed great faith in our ability to succeed. We are more than conquerors, made in a fearfully and wonderfully thought out effort. The faith of GOD, in man’s ability to seek redemption and reconciliation, is what allows His love to save us. Just as you place faith in your children, GOD has allowed man to have His faith. It is what connects us all and allows our will of choice to be put to the test. GOD knows our hearts and what we can do better than we ever will.
Consider the story of Job, and it’s beginning. The conversation between God and Satan sets the stage for mankind’s test. Notice how much faith GOD had in man, as represented in Job. Note also that GOD himself put the offer to Satan. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, Holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3: 12 – 13. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of GOD…” Ephesians 2: 8. Let’s all graciously thank our Father for the faith he placed in us!