From the ruins Jeremiah declared, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
From the coming fruitless fields and empty stalls Habakkuk declares, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” (3:18,19)
Mimicking the Dairy Industry’s “Got Milk?” ad campaign, I ask myself from time to time, “Got Faith?”. I don’t know about you, but that is an appropriate question in my life. I too often live as if I do not “live by faith.” (Hebrews 10:38) I find myself fretting and fussing about so many things. I push and pull the furniture of my life (and even the world’s) attempting to arrange and rearrange the circumstances and happenstances to make everything come out right, but to what end? This is a world gone wrong and we are a part of the gone wrong. This life comes in fair and foul and mountains and valley’s along with ash heaps, ruins, and barren fields and empty stalls. Yeah, “Got Faith?”
The man Job lost everything except a bitter wife and those “frienemies” we could all do without. The weeping prophet Jeremiah lost his city and the people that he had pleaded with to repent. Habakkuk stared into the sure future when fields and barns would be empty. How can faith overcome such things? Faith itself cannot, but the object of our faith can, has, is and will. Whether faced with mundane daily challenges or ashes or ruins or bare cupboards we know our Redeemer lives; His mercy, compassion and faithfulness lives; His joy, salvation and strength lives. Therefore we live. Therefore we live by faith. Therefore we live by faith in our great and awesome God.
So, in conclusion, let me ask you, “Got Faith?”