Have you ever sat down and tried to decide if you belong to the righteous? Have you ever thought about what it means to live by faith? These questions weren’t just for those in the early church. They are for all of us.
Who are the righteous? It would be easy to start by saying who *isn’t* righteous, but that’s not where I want to go. The righteous are those who follow Christ and live up to the two great commandments. The righteous do their good deeds without advertising the fact. They read the Bible and think about what it says to them. They love God and they love their fellow man…and act on it.
What is faith? This is a belief that God will take care of us. It is belief that we will one day be with Him in paradise. It is belief that even if we are afflicted, persecuted or killed, God still loves us.
It is also an understanding that we live in a fallen, imperfect world. Bad things do happen to good people, and it isn’t God’s fault. I’ve been through some of those bad times and faith has been the key factor in getting through them.
How can you live by faith? There are times when that isn’t easy to do and it isn’t always going to be an easy question to answer. It’s hard to have faith when the possible death of a loved one shatters your heart. It’s hard to have faith when your family is hungry and there’s nothing to feed them. It’s hard to have faith when the landlord hands you a three day pay or quit order.
How do I know? I’ve been there. In the first instance, I was more blessed than I could have imagined, as she wasn’t dead. It was still a very long seven months. I had the food crisis more than once…and food showed up just when it was needed from unexpected sources. I’ve had the latter, many years ago…and we found the money.
I have faith even when bad things happen and there isn’t a miraculous answer. It isn’t blind. We are humans and we won’t live forever. There will be the pain of death in my life. It isn’t going to stop my faith. There may be times when we need something and it doesn’t show up. It won’t keep me from believing.
For me faith is more than that a miracle will happen to solve my problems. Faith is the belief that when this life is over I will be with God. The rest will happen as it happens. Am I righteous? Only God knows that, but I will live by faith.