Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
– James 2:17
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Thisteaching warned Christians that our words must be supported with actions. However, we’re often a giant of words and dwarf of action in real life. When we have real difficulties such as encountering sickness or trials, we will lose faith in God. It’s really hard for us to achieve what Abraham and Job did: No matter what situation they were in, they held fast to their faith in God all along and never complained against God. So, in our daily life, we need to practice God’s word more so as to increase our faith. God’s words say, “What does faith refer to? Faith is the genuine belief and the sincere heart that humans should possess when they cannot see or touch something, when God’s work is not in line with human notions, when it is beyond human reach. This is the faith that I speak of. People are in need of faith during times of hardship and refinement, and along with faith comes refinement. These are inextricable. No matter how God works or what kind of environment you are in, you will be able to pursue life, pursue the development of God’s work in you, and pursue the truth. You will have an understanding of God’s actions and you will be able to act according to the truth. This is your genuine faith, and this shows that you have not lost hope in God. You will still seek the truth in refinement, you will be able to truly love God and will not develop doubts of Him. No matter what He does, you will still practice the truth to satisfy Him, and you will be able to deeply seek out His will and be considerate of His will. Only this is true faith in God.” From God’s words, we can see the path to develop true faith in God. Only by frequently putting God’s word into practice like this can we gain more and more knowledge of God and turn our faith into reality.