Our Bible verse for today: “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Overcoming requires an active faith.”
In yesterday’s devotional message we considered the example of the boy David fighting and defeating the giant Goliath. The key to David’s victory was his faith in God, and we learned that that same kind of faith will be required of us if we are to overcome the challenges we face in life.
However, please note that it wasn’t just plain faith that David had, it was active faith. David didn’t just pray about the situation and then sit back waiting for God to wave a magic wand and reduce Goliath to a sobbing quivering wimp. No, David acted on his faith. David gave the situation to God, but then he went forward and fought Goliath. He had faith that God would help him, but he also did his part to deal with the challenge he was facing.
Returning to our example from a few days ago regarding how Joni Earackson Tada dealt with the accident that left her a quadriplegic for life, she didn’t just pray about it and stop. She prayed about it, and then she did the hard work of learning how to paint holding a brush in her teeth, write books using voice response software, speak to crowds of thousands at Christian conferences, and all the rest that she has accomplished in her life. She had faith, but it was faith that included action on her part.
Michael Morton, the man I wrote about the other day who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and who spent twenty-five years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he didn’t just place his faith in Christ and then turn the entire situation of his false imprisonment over to Jesus. He did that, but then he also did the hard work of actively cultivating his relationship with the Lord. He led Bible studies in prison, he witnessed to other prisoners, he wrote encouraging letters to those on the outside, and he did the hard work of learning how to forgive those who wrongly convicted him so that he would not live with bitterness and resentment in his heart. He had faith, but it was active faith.
This is an important lesson for you and me. Our faith in God has to be an active faith that results in positive steps on our part to effectively deal with our own situations. God will do His part, but we also have to do our part. Whatever it is you are facing, trust God to help you, but be sure to do your part too.