Late in his life, King David prayed the following prayer before his son Solomon became king of Israel…
May You be praised, LORD God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.1 Chronicles 29:10-13
David’s faith had an effect on his actions, including his prayers. His faith had an effect on his decisions, his leadership, and his plan of succession.
Really, is this not true for all of us? What we believe affects what we do. How we live is impacted by our faith. Some might argue that their faith is separate from other areas of their lives, like politics or policies or careers. That belief and attitude, though, simply mean that such “faith” is misplaced (perhaps combining faith in a god with faith in oneself).
SINCERE FAITH AFFECTS ALL THINGS
If you are serious about your faith, such faith will impact every area of your life. Your conversations, your commitments, your attitude, your passions – all are impacted by sincere faith.
Faith that does not have such an impact is an insincere religious activity of going through the motions when convenient, advantageous, and/or comfortable.
How much would you say your faith impacts your everyday life?
WHAT YOU BELIEVE MATTERS
Because sincere faith is so effectual, where you place your faith is of critical importance. What you believe matters. In fact, what you believe is even more important than how strong such faith is.
If you have just a little faith in the weather report, for example, but enough faith to bring an umbrella to a football game when the weather forecast calls for rain, then you will not get wet when the rain hits. You may have been hesitant to believe the forecast, but even a little faith that compelled you to take action was enough to deliver you from the rain.
If you are completely confident in a different weather report that called for sunny skies, though, and you thus do not bring an umbrella, you are not protected from the rain. You may have had all the faith in the world, but your faith was misplaced.
What you believe matters. Who you put your faith in matters.
As David declared in 1 Chronicles 29 and in so many other instances throughout the Psalms, God alone is worthy of our absolute faith and assurance. He alone never fails, is worthy of worship, and will satisfy our needs. If you trust in Him and do so with sincerity and according to the Truth of His Word, He will never fail you.
On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will begin a new sermon series on a call to biblical stewardship. The foundation for such a call is the truth that “God Is the Owner of Everything” (1 Chronicles 29:10-22). If we truly believe that, we will live in such a way that others will see that belief by what we say, in what we give, through what we do, and by where we go.
Faith with effect will have such an effect not only on those with such faith but also on those who see the living out of such faith.
Are you experiencing the effects of sincere faith? Are those around you? Saving faith in Christ alone will be enough. Turn to Him. Trust in Him. Follow Him. You will be blessed, and the world will be impacted.