Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. — Habakkuk 2:4
Sometimes it is not easy to trust someone. We often find ourselves in situations where we are forced to trust someone and we may have a lot of questions. Are they truly an expert? Can they truly repair the broken item? Do they know what they are doing?
It is a little different when we are dealing with someone that we know. If it is a doctor, dentist, mechanic, or performer that we know, we have an understanding of what to expect. We wouldn’t be there if we didn’t know what to expect. We had a great experience in the past and we came back again.
That is some of the concept behind Habakkuk’s statement of “the just shall live by his faith.” The statement made here gained more notoriety when it was quoted in the New Testament. The idea is that we live with an unshaken trust in God. The concept is that we come to faith and live by faith as God reveals Himself to us day by day as we live.
As Christians, we come to faith in God through salvation. We accept Jesus work on the cross and we experience forgiveness from our sin. From that time, time and again God shows Himself to us through faith. Through our storms and through our trials, God proves that He is a loving God, a merciful God, a graceful God, and so much more.
To see God in this way, we must walk and live by faith. We cannot trust in our own ability because we will certainly fail. But our God has never failed! Sometimes living by faith can be challenging. Our very nature is to want to control everything. God wants us to give control to Him.
No matter what you are going through today, trust God with it. If God was good enough to trust for deliverance from all the sin of your life, He is good enough to trust with all the cares of your life. Living by faith does not come naturally, but we can live by faith if we learn to give everything to God.