It is fundamental to us that the believer is born of God (1st Jn.5:1). The believer, according to the written words testimony, “is Passed from death unto life”. In other words we believe what the scripture teaches that the “believer” is in procession of eternal life and NOT being persuaded in that direction, but he being a believer, is evidence of the New Birth. There is no argument to be made on that proposition. But, it is one thing to be a believer in God and quite another to “believe God”.
The bible tells me in Romans chapter four that “Abraham BELIEVED GOD and it was counted to him for righteousness” (Rm.4:3). Paul took a journey to Rome and during the journey the ship he was on encountered a great storm and many of the things that they carried on the voyage had to be cast over-board and the bible tells us that “the sun nor the stars appeared for many days” (Acts 27:20) and all hope of surviving seemed to be given up by the crew. But Paul said to them, “Sirs, be of good cheer” and no doubt that was a hard pill for them to swallow at the time. The ship may be lost but not a man shall perish. The angel of the Lord had stood by him that night and had given him an assurance that ultimately all would be well.
Verse 25 gives us this statement from Paul, like it was said of Abraham. “Sirs Be of good cheer, FOR I BELIEVE GOD, that it shall be even as it was told me” – Not to believe in God but rather to “Believe God.” Believe that His word carries with it a guarantee of fulfillment; He shall be faithful to his word; He shall bring to pass all his purpose has ordained; He cannot fail in his promise; He will not withdraw from the commitment. My friend, we can BELIEVE GOD today. We can rely on His glorious commitment. Our faith ought to be centered in his promise rather than on the storm. I concede it is a difficult task for the child of God at times in our trials and afflictions, but my prayer is that God will bless us this day with an increasing FAITH to say “Sirs, I BELIEVE GOD”. AMEN and God bless you this day.
Elder R.D. Harcrow
Fort Payne, Alabama