For some people, faith in God is their life and to others the faith God gave them goes unused because they have no desire to taste or trust the goodness of God. While everyone has been given a measure of faith; the importance of faith depends on the person their trust is built upon. There are people who do not trust anyone and there are people who trust everyone even though they are not trusted in a positive manner. When it is put into a nutshell your faith in other people depends on the established character of the person you have known for some time.
Jesus told a parable about a nobleman who was going to be ordinated as king. Before he left to be inaugurated, he gathered his staff and assigned certain tasks to them with the authority to do business for him while he was away. He gave three of his servant assignments according to their abilities with the expectation that they would put his assets to work. After he had become king he returned home to see what his servants had accomplished.
Remember that he gave assignments according to their abilities and expected a return from their efforts. To those with greater abilities he expected more than those who had fewer. However, the servant who was given the least to work with sat idle and hid his masterís assets knowing that his master would be harsh with him if he lost anything. His master expected the least from this servant and this was probably the reason why he received fewer assets to work with than the rest. Still, the king had an expectation even from the servant he trusted with the least amount of responsibly.
In contrast Jesus spoke of the Roman Centurion who entrusted Jesus with healing his servant. He had an expectation of his servant being healed with the knowledge that Christ had the ability and authority to heal from God himself. He understood the military concept of Command when explained that when he commanded his servants to go, they went. There wasnít any question about his authority, what he commanded was done. Furthermore, he established operating orders so his troops his would take advantage of them in administering their assignment. In this way, the Roman Centurion ensured wellbeing of those assigned to carry out his orders. But he also had a major responsibility to honor his standing orders to be an effective leader.
God has established standing orders in the form of commands associated with promises. However we as Christians question those commands by how we respond. Do we take advantage of Godís promises and trust God to honor his promises enough to obey his standing orders? Those who do not believe Godís promises reveal doubt because they lack of experience to know if Jesus Christ will do what he pledged. What they may not understand is that the promises of God would be worthless if God did not respond to his word. Ultimately faith in God depends on his ability to make time and effort to be true to his word.
Faith grows with the time you spend with God to know his promises. God wants you to rely on him, but do you understand the effort God makes to gain your trust? You see his promises are repeated in a number of ways so you may know the full extent of Godís love. God makes the time to achieve a sense of reliability that he will do exactly what he has stated he will do?
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
We may not like rain when it falls on the earth but the benefits from the rain sustains human life throughout the earth. We may not be aware but God shows his power to stop every man from his labor and take cover from the falling rain (Job 37:6-8). Scientist tell us that water is essential for life to exist but the bible tells us that all mankind lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). God has inspired his word (like rain) through his prophets so man would have life in abundance. Still every man is aware that without rain the food supply would dwindle and life on earth would cease to exist. For this reason the world will perish because they do not know the word of God or reach out to take advantage of Godís generosity.
God has supplied us with an example regarding his promises. The rain that falls from the sky is soaked up by the earth. It is those water puddles that our kids jump into and the mud tracked into our homes that we can see immediately. However there is a larger picture reflected in the flowers and the crops harvested by farmers so man may live by the food we put on our table. In the passage above (Isaiah 55:10-11) we can see God in a way that reflects a determined and effective method to ensure that men have physical food to live by but more importantly his word sustains the spiritual life of his people who rely on him. This passage reveals that God is resolved to keep his word so that it will accomplish a purpose, benefiting those who trust in him.
Promises simply state what you will or will not do and are given by God foreseeing the time when you need his help.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
In most cases the way you keep your word becomes a means to help another person meet his or her needs at a critical juncture in their life. Keeping your word may help a person reach their goals and it may provide a solution to help people to overcome problems. Hidden behind the resolve to do what you have promised is the reliability of a faithful friend that people all over the world desires. The person who keeps his word is a person you will respect and keep in your inner circle of friends because they are an asset that will boost your capabilities and success in whatever you attempt to do.
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