I seldom have heard a better definition of faith than that given in one of our meetings, by a sweet, elderly black woman, as she answered a young man who asked, “How do I obtain the Lord’s help for my needs?”
In her characteristic way, pointing her finger toward him, she said with great insistence, “You just have to believe that he’s done it and it’s done.” The greatest problem with most of us is, after asking him to do it, we do not believe it is done. Instead, we keep trying to help him, get others to help him and anxiously wait to see how he is going to work.
Faith adds its “Amen” to God’s “Yes” and then takes its hands off, leaving God to finish his work. The language of faith is, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this” (Psalm 37:5).
~ from Days of Heaven upon Earth ~
I simply take him at his word,
I praise him that my prayer is heard,
And claim my answer from the Lord;
I take, he undertakes.
Active faith gives thanks for a promise even though it is not yet performed, knowing that God’s contracts are as good as cash.
~ Matthew Henry ~
Passive faith accepts the Word as true—
But never moves.
Active faith begins the work to do,
And thereby proves …
… Passive faith but praises in the light,
When sun does shine.
Active faith will praise in darkest night—
Which faith is thine?
~ Selected ~