Sometimes I forget that Faith is a verb. I flippantly use phrases like “I have faith” or “it takes faith”…but I was recently reminded how these flippant phrases lose their powerful meaning in our lives and in our hearts as believers in Jesus Christ and the One True God.
Faith is Action; Faith should end up in something tangible. It’s not a phrase or a noun as something you simply have, like an apple. I have faith…I have an apple. Faith moves us. Faith should be an action which results in something we can see. You can point out the evidence of it in your life.
I think of Hebrews 11: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
It goes on to show examples of great FAITH.
Hebrews 11 then says something amazing: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”
All these amazing people of faith did not actually receive that which they were promised, instead their FAITH was based upon the HOPE of God’s distant provision…the HOPE of Heaven, the HOPE of being with the Lord.
Their faith was tangible. Evident. It resulted in action. And it produced godliness and goodness.
It was also in times of great hardship and trial. The Lord was asking great things of them and their Faith had action.
Then even more powerful, starting in Hebrews 11:32 the Lord explains to us that there are two results of this active faith:
- Strength coming from weakness-Samson, David, Jephthah, Samuel, women receiving back their loved ones from the dead, conquering kingdoms, beating lions…their human weakness became strength in their faith.
- Weakness from Strength-those who were tortured, stoned, martyred, and slain, living in prison, in caves, rejected from the world for the sake of Christ. Christ himself make weak in His faith.
This is the most beautiful depiction of how following Jesus does not guarantee you an easy ride (Strength from Weakness).
Childbirth is often a time of “hardship” or “trial”. Physically, mentally, spiritually, relationally, God is asking much of us and therefore much is required.
Some of us are gifted with most perfect, beautiful births. And some of us travel hard roads with many difficulties. And all of us in some way, are made weak when bearing children and also given strength. It is just this most beautiful painting of FAITH through Childbirth.
What will be the tangible outcome or evidence of your FAITH in this childbirth? What will be your action?
Do you have FAITH as you carry this little on in your womb? Is your FAITH in the Lord or something else?
Faith is the capacity to have joy when you’re flourishing and when you’re not. Today, put your faith into action and step forward, either in strength or weakness, before the Lord and be blessed.