Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 2, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 64 – Why Faith?

Day 2664: Pray for our suffering Christ followers who are being persecuted!

Scripture:  Hear, God, as I express my concern; protect me from fear of the enemy.  They concoct an evil scheme for themselves; they enumerate their hidden snares; they say, “Who will see them?” 

But God shot an arrow at them, and they were wounded immediately. They tripped over their own tongues, and everyone who was watching ran away. Everyone was gripped with fear and acknowledged God’s deeds, understanding what He had done. 

The righteous rejoiced in the Lord, because they had fled to Him for refuge. Let all the upright in heart be filled with jubilation. Excerpts from Psalm 64

Thoughts/questions: At any time God could reveal Himself so that everyone would be gripped with fear and acknowledge God’s deeds. But He chooses not to and asks us to live by faith. Why?

I’m reminded of a discussion with a couple of teachers regarding God choosing faith. Two of us said we’d prefer that He had chosen logic or rational thinking, but then the third responded with something I’ll never forget. He said, “Not everyone can use logic or be rational, but everyone can have faith!”

That shut me up! Yes, God could have given us irrefutable proof, but no choice there as it would be obvious. Yes, He could have chosen something other than faith, but that would exclude some.

So for us, faith is it. A common denominator available to all. Have faith everyone and be sure to exercise that faith!!!

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, thank You for choosing faith as the basis for our relationship! May my faith in You get stronger every day . . .

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