Our dependence on God is equal to our faith. Our faith is equal to our experience with God’s faithfulness. One brings the other.
10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Pr 24:10
Picture us as Romans around 50 AD. We heard about the resurrection of Jesus from some traveling Jews and we have seen miracles done in His name. We entrusted our lives to Jesus and were saved. We now meet in the house of a fellow Christian as often as we can (nearly every night). Many of us are servants to rich Romans. Some of us have already had our houses pilfered (Heb. 10:32-35). Some have been physically abused, and all have had someone we know killed for their faith.
We don’t have any Hebrew writings, in fact, many of us cannot read. The Gospels haven’t been written, yet (the Gospel of Mark may just now be circulating through Judea), and Paul hasn’t been to Rome, yet. How do we survive?
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Ro 12:12
Paul wrote to us and gave us three handles for our faith:
- Be joyful in hope. Our hope is in the risen LORD. He lives in us by way of the Holy Spirit and has promised us eternal life with Him after death.
- Be patient in affliction. Every Christian we know either has or will be persecuted for their faith. We have no reason to believe that we will escape the same persecution. He tells us to be patient: to stand strong together, lasting longer than our enemies, long-suffering.
- Be faithful in prayer. The Holy Spirit is only connection to God, to each other, and to those who will respond to the Gospel.
So, what have we learned? We KNOW that we now have ALL the sacred writings at our fingertips, yet our joy is wrapped up in our patient faith and practice of depending on the Holy Spirit for EVERYTHING, and it is this kind of faith that will see us through. HE is the glue that sticks us all together and holds us together.
Let’s keep that dialogue called prayer going all day today. Let’s lean in and hear Him whisper to us, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21.