Last time out, I started to write on the Hard Places, and I do admit that that was not the intended route. I had it in mind to write along a different line of thought. But here we are. Thank God.
I received a comment from the last post, and this is an attempt to follow up on the comment from an esteemed reader. The comment ended with a question: what else do we do on the queue of manifestation after we have done the will of God? My reader volunteered two responses, Prayer and Praise. They are spot on.
In the last discussion, we emphasized that there is an unspoken time lag between our performance of the will of God and the manifestations of the possibility attached to the performance.
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.
For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
It’s also important to note that what God is offering, in turn, is a promise. So we can doubly bank on the execution.
So to our current premise: what else should we do whilst we wait? Verse 39 offers critical insight. It says Now…
Now is that interval between our performance and our participation in the promise. It is that unspoken interval of time that I mentioned earlier. It is our current phase, the post-will of God. What about Now?
Now the just shall live…so what else do we do whilst we wait? We live. This is something that every believer must come to learn. The truth is that we shouldn’t stop living in our period of waiting. We must continue. We must keep on keeping on. Sometimes we shut down or we start to vacillate and halt between positions. But no, even as we wait, let’s live. Live in anticipation. But beyond anticipation, live in assurance. That was the main thrust of verse 36.
Now the just shall live by faith. Faith isn’t necessarily what makes it happen immediately, but what makes it happen ultimately.
What does it mean to live by faith? That was the entire burden of Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews. And in verse 1, it says:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
To live by faith amongst other things is to live by an intangible but real assurance and powerful proof of an outcome. Simply put: think of a legitimate online purchase. You order for a product online, you make your payments and the company acknowledges receipt of your order and payment and sends you an invoice with details of delivery.
In almost all cases, you don’t particularly call the company or mail them every day reminding them of the order you made. You simply go about your day as per routine, knowing that on account of the receipts which are proofs of the transaction, your order is as good as though delivered even though you don’t yet have it tangibly.
In our period of waiting, we must continue living. For in the now, the just shall live by faith.
Next week, by God’s grace, I will write on the perils of hard places.
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