CQ Plus April 27-May 3 2013

Faith—God’s Condition

Preface: Amos reminds us that only in seeking the Lord is there life.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), much less to submit to His wise and gracious leadership.”*

Hundreds of years ago an English ambassador was on his way to Sweden. He was very worried and could not sleep. At the inn where he was staying with his advisor, he tossed about in bed and then paced the floor.

Hearing this, his advisor knocked on his door. When the ambassador appeared, the younger man said, “Will you permit me to ask you a question?”

“Certainly,” came the quick reply.

“I beg your pardon, sir, but don’t you think that God governed this world very well before you
ever came into it?”

“He surely did.”

“And don’t you think He can take care of the world while you are in it?”

The question needed no answer. The ambassador got the point, said “Good night,” closed his door, and with his trust in God, slept peacefully.

We live in an age when everything moves at a frantic pace. We are taught to depend on no one but ourselves. But is this the way to have a full, successful life? The answer is a definite No! God is the One in whom we can believe, the One we can trust and give all our problems to. He is willing to do this. He wants to do this, but there is one condition: we must have faith in Him. We must believe that God is really with us, helping us every step of the way. To seek Him and follow Him is what He requires of us. He has helped others. He can help you. He has a master plan for each of our lives that is greater than anything we could ever dream. This life can be yours if you trust Him completely and follow anywhere He leads. Do you have this faith?

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb. 11:6, NIV).
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* The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 133, Isa. 7:9.

Twyla Anne Dunder, Silang, Philippines