How to Develop True Faith in God — A Commentary on Matthew 17:20
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
The Lord Jesus taught us that we should have faith in Him. He told us that if we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, we can move the mountain; nothing will be impossible to us. However, when we have difficulties in work or life, we will lose faith in the Lord; when we ask the Lord in prayer to cure our illness but He doesn’t answer our prayer, we’ll also lose faith in Him…. What is the problem here? And how can we have true faith in God? God says, “Man’s heart and spirit are held in the hand of God, everything of his life is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, whether living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear in accordance with God’s thoughts. Such is the way in which God presides over all things.” From God’s words, it can be seen that any and all things, living or dead, will change in accordance with God’s thoughts, because God is the Creator who rules over everything. So, if we want to have true faith in God, we must first know God’s sovereignty. For example, Job knew God’s wisdom and almightiness from the laws of change of all things, confirmed God’s true existence from various people’s fates, and moreover, he experienced God’s sovereignty and predestination in his lifetime. He saw that everything is in God’s hands and that whether one is blessed or cursed is not up to man. Therefore, when he experienced painful trials, he could obey God’s orchestration and arrangements. Whether losing sons and daughters or suffering illness, he still stood witness for God.
Whatever difficulties or suffering we face in life, if we believe in God’s sovereignty and know His authority, we will be able to put aside our fears and misunderstandings and come before God to experience and appreciate. Thus, we will know God’s sovereignty and authority and our faith in God will grow little by little.
I’d like to share a passage of God’s words, “What does faith refer to? Faith is the genuine belief and the sincere heart that humans should possess when they cannot see or touch something, when God’s work is not in line with human notions, when it is beyond human reach. This is the faith that I speak of. … No matter how God works or what kind of environment you are in, you will be able to pursue life, pursue the development of God’s work in you, and pursue the truth. You will have an understanding of God’s actions and you will be able to act according to the truth. This is your genuine faith, and this shows that you have not lost hope in God. You will still seek the truth in refinement, you will be able to truly love God and will not develop doubts of Him. No matter what He does, you will still practice the truth to satisfy Him, and you will be able to deeply seek out His will and be considerate of His will. Only this is true faith in God.”
From: Grow in Christ
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