Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Through the centuries, since the decline of the church in its dark ages, the Lord has been moving in the church to counteract spiritual decline, creating spiritual momentum in the work of God with recovering spiritual truth. One such spiritual truth is faith in God through what some may call “The Faith Movement.” Faith in God, though, is more than a movement, it is a way of life. No less than four times we’re told “the just shall live by faith:”
“…the just shall live by his faith,” Habakkuk 2:4;
“The just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17;
“…for the just shall live by faith,” Galatians 3:11;
“Now the just shall live by faith…,” Hebrews 10:38.
Live means “a way of life, a life style.” This is not just having faith at the point of salvation alone but beyond. Not just once in a while, but taking God at His Word day by day. Not on the basis of a crisis that throws us into trusting God, like Jonah when thrown overboard into the water, but on the basis of a commitment, like Peter, who stepped out on the water by choice.
Faith always was, always is, and always will be important in pleasing God (Hebrews 11:6) and is not just a movement. Throughout Hebrews 11, one thing stands out: “By faith…by faith…by faith…” All the people named lived in various time periods of God’s moving and dealing with man, and they were singled out in their day for their faith. God wants us to see it has always been faith that pleases Him in every time period. They didn’t stand out and get commended because they were perfect or because they never made mistakes. Think of Abraham’s failure; Moses’ failure; Samson’s failure; and David’s failure. It was because they had faith and faith pleases God, so the last word written about their lives was “they pleased God.”
“But I’ve tried that faith stuff and it hasn’t worked yet.” A waiting period is a normal part of standing in faith. Hebrews 6:12 says, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Think of the faith and patience of the following people from the time they received God’s Word until it was manifested:
Abraham waited 25 years from promise to fulfillment (Genesis 12:1-4, 75 years old; Genesis 21:5 100 years old).
Caleb waited 40 years (Numbers 14:24; 27-35; Joshua 14:6- 12).
Noah waited 100 years (Genesis 5:36; 6:9-22, 500 years old; Genesis 7:1-7, 600 years old).
I’m not suggesting you may have to wait as long as they did but there will normally be a waiting period. Don’t quit believing just because everything doesn’t change instantly. It is in the waiting period that most believers faint or give up but as Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”