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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 23-11-2008
Category: Faith related
A quick fix faith fast

When God planned the Bible He knew that people in the 21st century would be living in the fast lane. They would require quick fixes like fast foods, instant lawns, airplane travel, motor vehicles and vitamin pills. So He gave us a quick way of building faith that pleases Him.

We do not have the time that Abraham had. He had to learn faith by the trial and error method. When he went down to Egypt, he used his wife as his protection, though God promised to make him into a great nation and bless him [surely this would have included protection against the Egyptians] (Genesis 12:10-20). Later, when his wife faltered on the promise of a son, and suggested he take her slave girl and build a nation through her, he acquiesced. The result was the Arab nations and they are enemies of Israel (Abraham’s promised son, Isaac) to this day (Genesis 16:1-15). It took time for him to learn to trust God implicitly (he waited 25 years for the promised son by his wife, Sara).

Trial and error is a wonderful teacher, but it takes time and effort, and can be costly. We do not have that much time. Abraham died at the age of 175. Modern man has an average life span of 60, 70 or 80 years. So the difference is obvious. Since God knew about all these things, He gave us a shortcut to God pleasing faith.

What God did was to compile a record of men like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Paul, Jesus and many others. He gave it to the generations in print - the Bible. What we need to do (in much less time than it takes to build faith through experience) is to read, study and meditate on the Word. In the Bible we read about individuals and nations, both godly and ungodly, and what happened when they either obeyed or disobeyed God’s words. In our studies we can investigate secular history where it intersects with that of Israel, and see what happened to those nations.  This gives us even more insight to see for ourselves if God's ways work in practice.  Reading the Bible builds our faith. In the process we understand that the Creator God is involved with human affairs all the time. The Word is wonderful and teaches us that God is concerned about us, even if we do not always experience it. Look at the example of godly men like David, who asked for help when the tide seemed to have turned against him. We have God’s words like: ‘This poor man called and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them’ (Psalm 34:6-7). When the Holy Spirit gives you a verse like this, you can rely on it that God will help. But faith is the key.

Do we have any reason to believe that this method of building faith by studying the Word is effective? The Bible, the Word of God says: ‘Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ’ (Romans 10:17).

What is faith? It is believing what God says. The Scriptures do even more: they give hope: ‘For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope’ (Romans 15:4). 

Do we have another proof of the effectiveness of the Bible in building faith? Think about the liberal or false theologians. In whose employ do you think they are, as they are definitely not in God’s? In 2 Peter 2 we read about their deeds: ‘they introduce destructive heresies,’ and ‘they have left the straight way.’ Their work is to break down your faith by telling you that the Bible is fallible, the work of men, with many errors. Do they have infinite knowledge so that they know that God didn't mean and intend what He wrote in His book? Are they so wise? No, because for thousands of other theologians the Word of God is perfect, pure and wonderful. These liberal theologians are doing the work of their boss, the master deceiver (the devil), who knows that believers who have faith in the Bible are tough nuts to crack. What should you understand from their efforts? Just this - the Word of God can build your faith which is worth more than gold (1 Peter 1:7).

Summary:
In our quick fix age, God has given us a wonderful tool to build faith quickly and easily: reading the Bible. It starts from Genesis 1:1 and ends at Revelation 22:21. To help us more, He has given us the Holy Spirit on whom we may call and ask for help in reading and understanding His Word. Surely, it is a wonderful ‘quick fix’ to build our faith and find help from God to solve difficult problems.



"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27