Like most of you, I have watched the news and thought often about the people who have felt the fury of hurricane Harvey. The needs of the people of Texas have been the focus of some of my prayers.
As I’ve thought about the devastating power of Harvey and the many homes, businesses, and lives that have been left in ruin, I’ve also thought of the strong faith of a little woman: Corrie ten Boom, who faced the wrath of the Nazi holocaust, once said: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie’s life is an example of a person who lived by faith. The subject of faith is mentioned over 600 times in the bible, and Hebrews 11:6 speaks of its importance: Without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
The Bible refers to three degrees of faith: little, great and perfect:
- Little faith (Matthew 8:26) says, “God can do this.”
- Great faith (Luke 7:9) says, “God will do this.”
- Dynamic faith (Acts 6:8) says, “It’s as good as done.”
Dynamic faith considers the character of God, and says: I will trust God to:
- Deliver me (Psalm 31:1-2)
- Direct me (Psalm 119:133)
- Defend me (Psalm 61:1-3)
- Distribute His benefits to me (Psalm 68:19).
Dynamic faith will also declare the greatness of God. Moses said: I will proclaim the Lord’s name. Declare the greatness of our God! The Rock—His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. He is a faithful God, without prejudice, and He is righteous and true. ~Deuteronomy 32:3-4
As you begin a new week, I encourage you to think about your faith and this quote: A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul. ~Spurgeon