“Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.” vs. 4
For a variety of reasons there are millions of people in our country who no longer trust in the election process and some are wondering if this will ultimately lead to widespread chaos. Obviously, many are concerned about this trend because once trust is gone, whether we’re talking about elections or relationships, it cannot easily be restored. And conversely, when trust is present, everything seems to go well in every part of life. And that’s certainly true in our connection to God! The biblical word most closely connected to trust is faith, and it’s used frequently to describe the believer’s response to God’s promises. In this passage from Habakkuk the prophet indicates there will be a lot of waiting in that relationship–God will seem to tarry. But in the meantime the righteous will live by their faith–they will continue to trust. And that pretty much hits the nail on the head for us too. Paul says that faith is the key to salvation, that it’s our response to the grace of God freely offered in Christ Jesus. It’s not a work, it’s nothing for us to be proud of, and we may not even know why we have it. But when we have faith, we really don’t need anything more–and we should pray fervently that we will never lose it. As is obviously in these times, life without trust really does breed chaos!
Thought for the Day: What would life without faith be like?