Hebrews 6:12 NIV “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
In recent times when the word faith is mentioned, what pops into people’s mind is, “name it and claim it”. Over time the message on faith has be modified to imply that God is some kind of genie, and if you’ve confessed the Word long enough, then you get three wishes. We have unconsciously translated faith to mean a miracle pill whereby we confess the Word, and immediately things turn around. However the Bible doesn’t teach faith that way. In it’s basic definition, faith is a complete adherence and trust in God and His Word. It is a lifestyle in which we grow in as we develop in our relationship with God. Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “we walk by faith, and not by sight [or senses]”. The word “walk” connotes the idea that it’s a journey through life.
Bible faith requires persistence and trust. Do you confess the Word of God in the face of adversity? Absolutely! However rather than looking for a miracle, your focus is on developing in the trust and relationship with God. Children in their formative years who have received love from their parents can be so trusting. Trusting to the extent that if blindfolded and told to jump of the ledge, the child does so without much hesitation. Why? Because they have developed faith in the relationship of the one who says, “jump”.
Take a few characters in the Bible; Abraham, the father of faith, waited nearly 25 years before the Word of God that he will have a child was made manifest in his life. Joseph received a vision in his heart about leadership, but went through the prison and the pit, living a low life for about 13 years before that promise came to pass (Gen.41:46). From the time David was anointed king till when he sat on the throne was at least 5 years (2 Sam.5:4). Caleb and Joshua received the promise of Canaan, but didn’t eat the fruit of Canaan until 40 years later (Josh.14:10). What are we to learn from these? God is more than able to deliver according to His Word, and when He does, it will be sweet. Therefore we must learn to trust Him every step of the way, no matter how long it takes. So do not be lazy, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what was promised!
Scriptures to Meditate: 2 Cor.4:13, Heb.11:6, Isaiah 26:3-4, Ps.34:8, Prov.16:20