In America, there are so many things in our culture that challenge our efforts to live by faith in God. The prevailing thinking in our world is that man is in total control of his own destiny. We tend to think that no matter what the challenges of our world are, with enough funding for research, we can come up with the solutions.
Of course, we should be proactive in trying to meet the challenges of our world. But as Christians, we must be careful not to get so caught up in this mode of thinking that we fail to look to God and place our faith in Him for answers in our personal life.
“Have faith in God,” Jesus commanded His disciples (Mark 11:22). Moreover, He said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (verse 24). But how much do we practice this powerful teaching? For almost every problem we have, society bombards our mind with its answers. And I believe that too often, God’s people have conditioned themselves to trust in these solutions rather than trust the applicable promises of God.
For example, I appreciate the medical profession. Like in any other profession there are some real nuts in the medical field, but I believe that most of our medical doctors do what they do because they truly want to help people enjoy the highest level of physical, mental, and emotional health. In my life, I have been attended to by some wonderful medical doctors. But I don’t believe that a new prescription or a visit to the doctor’s office should always be the way we respond to illness. And I don’t believe that every time we get in a financial bind we should panic and borrow money.
There are times when it is appropriate to respond in the ways mentioned above, but let us not leave God on the side lines and become preoccupied with the ways of this world. This will result in a boring Christian life in which we will not experience the wondrous power of our God. He wants opportunity to prove Himself in our lives.
So how do we maintain a vibrant faith in God when we live everyday in a world that is filled with a sense of self-sufficiency? We have to conscientiously live in God’s world daily. For instance, as a preacher, I know that my objective each time I preach and teach the Word of God is to challenge those who listen to get their attention off of this world and more on God. To effectively do that, I first must strive to maintain my focus on God. I do this by studying the Bible daily, praying to God daily, and striving to bring a biblical perspective on my daily actions.
As Christians, we are in this world but not of it. Let’s appreciate the wonderful things God has provided for us in the world, but remember this place is not our home. We don’t think as this world does. Let us, as we have been commanded, “Have faith in God.”
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