Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
There are two ways of living: attending to the development of circumstances around or by faith. If the wind of circumstances does not run in our favor and those are the engine of our life, then we would be immobilized and fearful. The other way of life, which pleases God, is to allow faith to be the fuel of our life. Living by faith is not always easy, but it is the safest way because it does not depend on the environment that surrounds us, but on the Almighty God in whom we have entrusted.
The entire chapter 11 of the letter to the Hebrews is a true treatise on faith. This chapter describes the acts of faith of many men and women of the Bible. The chapter begins with the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith certainly gives hope that will become a promise fulfilled. To have faith is to live convinced of this: what we do not see today, in the time of God will be a real fact.
The first act of faith was the creation itself. Hebrews 11:3 says, By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. As the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1 says, nothing that exists and we can see today was seen when God used His Word to create everything. God called the things that were not and each of them began to be a fact from the very moment he said the Word.
If God performed the first act of faith it is because the same faith is very important to Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The only way to please God is through our faith. When we falter in faith, we stop believing to God and this is similar to saying that He is a liar. Obviously God is not a liar, but he abhors a lie. Therefore, to lack of faith is to seriously offend God.
In Hebrews 10:38 and Hebrews 11:6 it is established that God dislikes the absence of faith. To say that we believe in His promises and to walk in fearful life does not really mean having faith but quite the contrary. That is not living by faith, it is living in double spirit, happy when we see things well; but frustrated in times of testing. We must be fully aware that our lack of faith can be the reason we do not get the things we ask for in prayer. James 1:6-7 says, But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.
When we approach God and pray for something, we must believe that we will receive what we have asked for according to the good, pleasing and perfect goodwill of our beloved Father. The fact that we do not see things does not mean that we will not receive them. God is always willing to listen to us and always wants the best for us. Let us not let our doubt become displeasure for Him. Let us live by faith, let us walk sure that we have a good Father in the heavens who loves us and provides all our needs. Let’s call things that are not as they are and in His time, not ours, they will happen. God bless you.