That which has no life can be moved. Lofty mountain peaks have been moved by earthquakes and volcanoes. But only that which has life can either move itself or produce movement within itself. The living seed sends a shoot upward and roots downward. The tree sends nourishment from the roots to the tip of its leaves.
Applied spiritually we can say that the child of God who has been born again with the new life of the kingdom of heaven, and has been enlightened by the call of the Spirit of Christ, is going to produce conscious, willing activity.
We read of this in Psalm 71:1-2. David writes: "In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in Thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline Thine ear unto me, and save me." Our versification states it thus:
In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust;
Shamed let me never be:
O save me in Thy righteousness,
Give ear and rescue me.
Here plainly we have the activity of faith in God as our Savior in Christ. Faith is trust, for it is not only a certain knowledge but also an assured confidence. God as our Light gives us knowledge, and by the act of faith we declare it to be certain, true revelation of fact. And faith is absolutely sure and confident that what God promises will happen.
Faith moves us to pray to God, clinging tightly to His promises, running to Him for the blessings of salvation which He promises us. God is the one Who gave us a new spiritual life. He enlightened our minds with the truth as it is in Christ. But now also it is God Who gives us faith. He works in us that trust and confidence.
How much thanks then do we not owe God! How powerful and full of love He is to do all this to those who, before they were born again, hated Him and walked in rebellion against Him! Surely we are savedby grace and are called to be thankful for such a blessed and sure salvation.
Read: Psalm 71
Psalter versification: 190 :1
Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 54
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Through the Bible in One Year
Hosea 6 ; Hosea 7 ; Hosea 8 ; Hosea 9:1-17
3 John 1:1-15
Quote for Reflection:
"‘As for me,’ underlines divine commitment. The covenant does not rest on human wish or need but on divine determination." Alec Motyer on Isaiah 59:21 :
- Date: 7-December