Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.”
Job was in need of a miracle because his health was a threat to his life. But in the midst of his crying out to God, he says, “Even if he doesn’t come to my aid in the way I think He should, I will still put my hope in Him.” We may need something miraculous to happen from time to time, not for the sake of solidifying our faith, but because we are facing something that is going to take a miracle. In the believer’s case, miracles come because of our faith. In the case of non-believers, miracles are used to bring them to a point to faith. So rather than saying, “God, I need a miracle,” I believe we should be saying, “God, I need faith for this situation.”
So, what does it take to gain faith? I believe the Bible teaches that there are two primary ways for faith to grow within us. One way is through the hearing of God’s Word. The second way is through prayer. The book of Romans says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word” Romans 10:17. The lame man, who was probably hearing the Gospel for the first time in his life, was indeed hearing the Word of God being preached.
It’s in those settings when God can speak to us and quicken our ability to believe. Hebrew 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit.” God’s Word is alive and it is sharp. The Bible is not a dead, outdated book. It can divide the soul and spirit.
What I believe that means is the Word of God has the ability to separate your fleshly, carnal, soul-ish, man from your spirit man. Let me share my friend’s account of coming to faith in Jesus: “On January 28, 1973 I heard the Gospel for the very first time. I don’t mean that literally, in that I had heard that Jesus died on the cross for my sins many times. I attended church as a child, but I never understood what any of that meant. Finally, after having been witnessed to, I decided that maybe there was something to what I was hearing and I decided to go to church. I couldn’t tell you what the preacher preached that day, but I do know that something happened within me when I heard the Word of God and at the end of the service; I walked the isle and surrendered my life to Christ in a prayer of repentance, at the altar.”
Apparently, my friend gained enough faith for his salvation that day through the hearing of God’s Word. And once you have faith, you have the thing you are believing God for.
Paul looked at the lame man and saw that he had faith to be healed – and he was. As he was hearing the Word of God, it quickened, or brought life to, his spirit-man and separated it from the carnal-man that was holding him back from what God had for him.
1 Corinthians 1:21 “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” God chose the hearing/preaching/ reading/ of God’s Word as a means of faith unto salvation. We, humans do not know how to come to God on our own, because we believe in own wisdom, so God said in essence, “If you can’t find it your way, you’ll have to find it My way. And My way is through the hearing of God's Word.”