whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from
faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.—Romans 14:23
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that without faith it is impossible to
please God (Heb.
11:6). Whenever God reveals something, He expects us to believe Him and
adjust our lives accordingly. What does this mean? It means we trust Him
implicitly for all of our needs because He says He will provide (Phil. 4:19). It
means we approach crises with the assurance that God will bring good from them
(Rom. 8:28). It
means we overcome anxiety during stressful situations because God instructs us
to bring our requests to Him (Phil. 4:6). It
means that we never worry that we are alone because God said He would never
leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). It
means that, despite what happens in our lives, we will never doubt God's love
because He has told us that He loves us with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3).
At times we try to justify our lack of faith! We know what God has promised,
but we doubt that He will make a practical difference in our life. We are filled
with anxiety and excuse ourselves by saying: "I am just a worrier!” We become
bitter during a crisis and reason that "God could not possibly bring anything
good out of this pain!” We appeal for help from everyone around us when we have
a need; then we explain: "I know God can provide for my needs, but I think I
should do everything I can, just in case.” God calls this faithlessness.
Faithlessness is sin. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb.
11:6).—Experiencing God Day by Day