Faith In God’s Spoken Word
FAITH is not just necessary, but indispensable for every Christian. It is the bedrock of eternal life, abundant life, happy, healthy and holy life, fruitful and fulfilled life. True, vibrant, dynamic and positively productive faith, must be reposed in the living God. Faith in dead gods and deceptive, impotent men is disappointing and damning. Faith in oneself is deluding and destructive. Faith in man-made systems and Satan’s falsehood is dangerous and deadly. God, the true God, the living God, the eternal God, the mighty and powerful God, the faithful God, the unchanging and infallible God, the loving and caring God must be the object, foundation and focus of our faith. This is the only true God, who “framed,” formed, made and created “the worlds” by His word. By Him, “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Man has to use material things, which already exist to make or manufacture new products. But God created all things out of nothing. He is God of all power, of infinite ability.
God is Whom He is, whether we know Him or not. God can do all things; will do what He can do, whether we know it or not. A father is who he is and can do whatever he can do, whether his child knows it or not. Knowing what the father can do, who he is and what he is, as well as what he is willing to do, gives the child trust, confidence and peace of mind. Knowing who God is, what His power and authority can accomplish, what He has done and promised to do, how faithful, loving and caring He is, grants His child trust, confidence and faith. We have full assurance, firm confidence, unshakeable persuasion that our God will do all He said He would do. Faith permits its possessor to rejoice in firm assurance, while waiting for the accomplishment of the promise given by God. Knowing who God is, the believer is “fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He (is) able also to perform” (Romans 4:21).
The question then is just how mighty and powerful is our God? “The worlds were framed by the word of God”. God created the whole universe out of nothing. The ability to create belongs to God alone. The vastness of the created universe indicates that God’s power is infinite, without limits. Consider the vastness of our universe: it is such that if you could somehow put 1-2 million earths inside the sun, you would still have room left for 4.3 million moons! The sun is 865,000 miles in diameter and is 93 million miles from the earth. Our next nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is five times larger than our sun. The moon is 211,463 miles away, and it would take 27 years to walk to it. A ray of light travels at 186,000 miles per second; so a beam of light would reach the moon in only one and half seconds. If we could travel at that speed, it would take two minutes, 18 seconds to reach Venus, four and half minutes to reach Mercury, one hour and 11 seconds to reach Saturn, and so on. To reach Pluto, 2.7 billion miles from earth, would take nearly four hours. Having got that far, we would still be well inside our own solar system. The North Star is 400 trillion miles away, but is still nearby in relation even to known space. Who do you think created all these things? It cannot be an accident. Somebody had to make it. Jesus Christ affirmed that God is the Creator. And this great, almighty, omnipotent Creator-God is Father to all who believe in Jesus Christ. Such a mighty God can recreate, refashion, transform and renew your entire life if you allow Him, since He will never force anyone against his will.
The Lord Jesus Christ was involved in the creation of “the worlds”. Indeed, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or Dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.” Jesus, our Saviour, Sanctifier, Healer, Deliverer, Baptiser, Defender, and Provider, is powerful and mighty beyond any limit. In fact, the whole creation, the entire universe, is being upheld and sustained by Christ, “His Son, by whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:2,3). Jesus Christ sustains everything in the universe right now. By His powerful word or command, He upholds or sustains all things – rocks, mountains, seas, animals, men, earth, stars, planets, and all distant worlds, the universe – by the word of His power. Christ, with the prevailing word of His pre-eminent power upholds and sustains all things. Nothing can resist His Word. By surrendering your whole life to Him, all things will come under the irresistible power of His Word.
(Exodus 14:13,28-31; Joshua 10:12-14; 1 Samuel 12: 18; 17:45-47; 1 Kings 17:1,8-16; 2 Kings 7:1,2,16-20; Isaiah 37:33-38; Jeremiah 28:15-17).