2011-08-24 - Faith
Several years ago, Richard and I went to Miami Beach for a vacation. We enjoyed the striking Art Deco arhictecture, the delicious food, and the serene ocean-front view. But we had more "common sense" than to go out on the beach, late at night, due to realistic crime concerns. We did enjoy watching the crashing waves at night, from the safety of our hotel room. One night around 9 p.m., I saw a group of middle-aged men walking on the beach, and then standing still as if in a conference. I noticed they all had matching black hats and long beards, and soon I realized this was a group of devoted Hasidic Jews. I remember remarking, "now THAT is faith." They didn't seem to have a concern in the world, about walking on a deserted beach in a big city, late at night. These men were truly "living by faith" (Galatians 3:11).
How often do we do that, actually living by our faith? Of course, I believe the Bible makes it clear that God gives us "common sense" and expects us to use our brains and not be reckless. But every day, our lives should be displaying evidence of our faith. When people look at us, they should see a difference, from us versus non-Christians. Do they? How does your day-to-day life show evidence of a deep-seated faith in God? Would our checkbooks show our faith in God? How about the television shows we watch regularly, or the way we spend our "spare" time, in general? I challenge us all to ask God to help us flesh out Galations 3:1 in our everyday lives.