Luke 18: 1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
The Lord spoke about something critical to our relationship with him and what makes us identifiable to the world and with him. He spoke of the end times, and I’m moved to think that things would come to the state that it would be hard to find true faith. It’s a telling sign of this generation. There is a scarcity of it now. There is a lot of religion in some form or another, but being religious or churchy is not it. Who we trust is the key to faith. Our faith must be in the God of heaven and his Son, Jesus Christ. If our lives don’t reflect a faith of more than words, it is dead being alone. The book of James tells us this.
It used to be that the Lord’s Day meant stores were closed. Now it’s no different than any other day of the week. The younger generation doesn’t remember this, but we older ones do. There are many signs being fulfilled and coming to pass. Events are ongoing that signal the end. Society is out of control. The government is out of control. There is no room in prisons. Crimes against God are condoned and the love of many has waxed cold. The constant infiltration and working of Satan to get us on the wrong path will work on us from time to time. It can make us feel like giving up. In order to keep from giving up, we must stay on praying terms with the Lord. Our faith should motivate us to pray.
Do we trust the Lord? Do we have only a casual faith? Is it only a verbal faith? It has to be more than an expression of words. It must be part of us. It must be who we are. In order to find something, it must be seen. I wonder where God detects faith as he looks down upon us. Job said though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. I’ve found myself not being able to say that before. We must have more than a fair weather faith. Regardless of what happens to us, we must remain constant. If God changed as much as we do, we’d be hurting. God remains the same—always! Our faith should not fail. Has the Lord ever failed in answering prayer, in providing for us, in forgiving us when we ask for it? Has he ever failed in anyway? He has not!
When you’ve sought, you have found. When you’ve asked, have you not received? He’s all deserving of praise, and all he asks is that we keep the faith. We hear that snow is coming and we run to the grocery store. We see the times as they are and should “stock up” on our faith. We should run to Jesus and cling tight to him. If there is ever a time to cling to the old rugged cross, it is now.
Jesus taught the disciples of pray in simple terms with our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Hasn’t he provided our daily needs? Hasn’t he delivered us from temptation? We were lost sheep until the shepherd found us. When he comes back I want to have such a faith that it is findable.
What kind of faith do you have? Do you have a fair weather faith? Is it weak? Exercise it. You can be stronger than you are. Go to the Lord’s faith therapy and work on it. The more you trust God, the stronger you become and the more visible you are for the Master. The more you talk to God in prayer, the closer you’ll be to him. The less you pray, the more distant you’ll become. The more we trust and call on God for advice and listen to what he says, the more faith we’ll have.
God knows where we are spiritually. Do we know? We may not be where we think we are. We need to be where he wants. Do we have a faith that brings us surety and safety? Is it a faith that works? If not, we can blame no one but ourselves. When we put our faith in the Lord and revolve our lives around him, everything works together.
When the end comes, what kind of faith will you have? Can you be trusted? What can the Lord trust you with? How far can he trust you? Will he find faith? I can’t answer for anyone but me.
Call on the Lord for the remedy against giving up. Don’t let God down and get to the point of an absent faith. Exercise your faith. Believe. Pray. You’ll touch the Lord. He’ll work. Trust him so he can trust you.
How is your faith?