Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 2, 2018

“Have faith in God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 11:19-26.

“When evening came, they would go out of the city.

As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.  Being reminded, Peter *said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.”  And Jesus *answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.  Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.  Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.  [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]  Mark 11:19-26.

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We can be so eager to get what we want that we are focused only on how to get what we want such that we miss the essential introduction “Have faith in God.”

Today’s devotion will focus on what it means to “Have faith in God.”  

First, let us brush aside what it does not mean.  “Have faith in God.” does not mean that we have faith in our faith.  It does not mean that we are focused on self and removing all doubt in our heart through our own willpower (even though it is important to have no doubt in our heart).

So, then what does it mean to “Have faith in God.”? 

Most simply, we have faith “in God”, not in our self.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.  

Notice the focus on God and Who He is!

He is “Almighty God”, and therefore “He is able to do it”.  He is “faithful Father”, and therefore He is “willing” to do it.

Yes, we have “no doubt”.  But, we do not have no doubt because of the strength of our own faith.  Rather, we have no doubt because our faith is in God and Who He is, namely “Almighty God” and our “faithful Father”.

And this is one of the reasons why Reformed Doctrine is so important.

Other doctrine focuses on man and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and Who God is and what God does, thus building our faith “in God“. 

“Have faith in God.”


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