Living By Faith

Ray Pechardo
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

A story is told years ago of the captain of a large vessel that set sail with his family from Liverpool. His destination was New York. One night when everyone was asleep, a sudden squall arose. The wind came sweeping over the water, struck the vessel and almost capsized it. Everything movable was sent tumbling and crashing, and the passengers became aware that they were in imminent peril. Everyone was alarmed, and many sprang from their berths and began to dress. The captain's little daughter, just 8 years old, was awakened and cried with fright, "What's the matter?" When they told her about the storm she asked, "Is my father on deck?" Assured that he was, the little one dropped back onto her pillow without a fear. In spite of the howling winds and crashing waves, she was soon fast asleep.

This ought to be the attitude of every Christian as we face the rough seas and stormy days of life. The Bible tells us that we are to "live by faith."

Definitions of Faith: Believing without seeing, taking God at His Word, having confidence in God.

Here are a few thoughts about living by faith:

1. It is not easy to live by faith.

John 20:24-25 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. v.25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Our human nature wants to see it first and then believe it. That is not how faith works! God wants each one of His children to always depend and rely on Him no matter what the situation may be. We see stories after stories of men and women in the Scripture who lived a life of faith whether or not it was easy, whether they knew the outcome or not, and even if it would cost them their life. They depended and relied on God and simply lived by faith. Abraham was one of them. He left his country, his kindred, and his father’s house to go to a place that he didn’t even know the location of. Abraham could have at least asked the Lord where he would be going and why he was going, but he did not. He simply obey the Lord. By the way, if it is something that we can see and know—it is not by faith anymore.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Maybe another reason Christians don’t want to live by faith is because sometimes it is scary to live by faith! We can see that in the story of Elijah and the widow woman.

1 Kings 17:10-14 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. v.11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. v.12  And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. v.13  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. v.14  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

I wonder if Elijah had any doubts about what he had asked the widow woman, knowing that this was their last meal before they died of hunger. Because Elijah had enough faith in what God said He would do, Elijah boldly told the widow woman to feed him first and the rest was history.

2. We will not see God’s power if we do not live by faith.

The story of Peter walking on water is a classic story. There was a wild storm, the wind was boisterous, and the ship was in danger of sinking. Their lives were in jeopardy and there was no one to help them. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were afraid. But Peter, after he knew that it was Jesus, was willing to go out of the boat to be with Jesus. At a time where no one would ever dare to leave the ship, Peter was willing to step out by faith. No wonder he was the only man recorded in the Bible who had walked on water!

As Christians, we cannot see God do the impossible if we don’t live by faith. We cannot see God restore a broken marriage, bring back a wayward child, or see a lost loved one that maybe we have been praying for years get saved if we don’t step out by faith. By the way, it is only impossible with man, not with God!

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

3. We cannot please God if we do not live by faith.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Bible makes it clear that the just shall live by faith. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. This is how God wants Christians to live knowing that our Heavenly Father knows our every need, every situation, and every fear we have. He wants us to believe even without seeing, to take Him at His Word and to have confidence in Him. Just like the 8-year-old child that was able to sleep through the night without fear in spite of the howling winds and crashing waves, because she was assured that her “father was on deck.” It should be the daily lifestyle of every believer to trust and depend on our Heavenly Father. The Bible records in Hebrews chapter 11 all the men and women who lived by faith. Their names were written in what is called the “faith chapter” because God blesses those who live by faith.

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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