“The just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11)
“Without faith, it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Whoever would follow Jesus Christ in this world must plan to do a great many things by faith.
Believers will not have all the evidence they would like, cannot see the obstructions and blessings awaiting them, and will not learn until Heaven what their obedience accomplished.
We will live by incomplete evidence, partial information, and spotty results, or we will not make it.
The person who walks and lives by faith may be asked to do things that make no sense to outsiders, take stands that are understood and valued only by the Almighty (and later by history), and become a spectacle to people who do not know the Lord and see everything through the prism of today’s culture.
We will be considered foolish by some, naive by others, and misguided by many, or we will not accomplish His purposes for us. We will be labeled and libeled, persecuted and prosecuted, for nothing more than telling the world of the love of God and attempting to live out that love’s demands.
It’s all about faith. However, living by faith–thinking, acting, reacting, speaking, working, fighting, and loving by confidence in the living God–is the hardest part of the Christian life.
It’s so hard, in fact, that many who start out following Jesus cannot handle it and eventually drop out.