Faith Means Expecting God’s Goodness

Faith isn’t powerful for a Christian just because he believes.  It is the One in whom we have faith that matters.

God declares His goodness, His righteousness, love and faithfulness.  In this life it can feel like we’ve been forgotten or abandoned but God isn’t ignorant our circumstances.  His desire is that people would cry out to Him, trusting Him.

Our faith should produce in us an expectation that God absolutely will act on His righteousness and most often we benefit directly from His action but our expectation cannot be that He will act in a manner that we define for Him nor that He will act at a time we choose.  That’s frustrating because we can get lost in our circumstances but He promises that He is near to the broken hearted.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18, ESV

He is not slow to respond nor indifferent.  He is not callous but sometimes we, His servants, don’t act to care for those He would have us care for and sometimes the death that comes from sin bears fruit in this world because of humanity’s and each person’s rebellion to God.

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
James 1:15, ESV

My intent is to tell you in this episode that God is good and although we may wait years on Him, that does not change His goodness nor His dependability.  We’ll look at a couple of examples from the Hebrew testament that demonstrate we can believe God even when He doesn’t deliver an answer as soon as we wish He would.

 

ERRATA:

  • Abram is not THE first example of faith in the Bible but he is the first example used in the podcast and Abram is the first time we hear that it is through someone’s faith that God accords righteousness to the person.
  • God did not circumcise Abraham; He gave the command for circumcision to Abraham.