Devotional: ‘The Just Shall Live by Faith’

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Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. NKJV

Oftentimes we are tempted to ask God – “Why?“Why did You allow this to happen? Why didn’t You step in and stop it? Why don’t You change things and make them better?” Sometimes God answers our questions and sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes we have to simply trust in the fact that He is God and that He always does what is right.

During the days of the Old Testament there was a prophet named Habakkuk who lived during a difficult time. The nation of Israel was continuing to go deeper and deeper into sin and Habakkuk could not understand why God didn’t do something. “O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! (Hab. 1:2)

God heard Habakkuk’s prayer and He responded by telling the prophet that the day would come when He would make everything right. But He also told Habakkuk that until then – the just would have to live by faith.

Habakkuk 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4 …but the just shall live by his faith.

To have faith in God means that we do not always have to have all the answers. God does not have to move for us like a puppet on a string. It is enough for us to know that our heavenly Father is in control and that He does all things well.

Are you currently having to trust God to do something important in your life? If so, wait for Him. Though His movement may seem slow, always remember that everything has been ordered to occur in His time. Until God does what He has chosen to do, keep this special thought in your mind – ‘The just shall live by his faith.’

 

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