Valiant Humility, Valiant Faith

Saturday

have faith; will travel

We can’t control the actions of others by repaying a wrong for a wrong (Lev. 19:18a; Rom. 12:14-21). I believe our faith is tested and measured by how we respond to both stressful and joyous events in our lives. Do we bless the Lord at all times (Psalm 34) or do we wane at the first sign of discomfort (Job 4:1-11)? Our ability to see God’s purpose and will in difficult times takes faith and faith like any other gift takes practice. It is not enough to say that we have faith (James. 2:14-26), because God gives some measure of faith to each of us (Rom. 12:3-8). Thus the opportunity to build our faith comes along not only with the hearing of the word (Romans 10:17) but also by responding in the word of God with every trial (James. 1:3) and every victory. Let us pray that our love for the Lord’s commandment to love God and love neighbor as self (Deut. 6:4-5; Matt. 22:35-40; Gal. 5:13-15) is always greater than our anger or frustration for one another because God’s love for us will always be greater than our greatest fears or our greatest victories (Ephesians 3:20).

2 Samuel 16:1-23 Let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord has bidden (commanded) him. It may be that the Lord will look on my distress, and the Lord will repay me with good for this cursing of me today.

Psalm 108 Give victory with your right hand, and answer me, so that those whom you love may be rescued. With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

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