The Measure of Faith
By Virginia Brandt Berg
A friend of mine asked the manager of a supermarket if he had ever cashed a bad check for a stranger. “No, I never did,” he said, “because I never look at the check—I look at the man. If I can trust the man, I take his check.” What a lesson in faith!
In Hebrews 10:23 we find these words: “He who promised is faithful.” Who makes the promises in God’s Word?—God does. Look at the Maker of the promises, and then there can be no question as to their absolute validity. God’s Word says, “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you” (Job 22:21).
To know God is to be sure that He keeps every promise He has made. Abraham knew God and “did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith … being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Romans 4:20-21).
Some people think of faith as something very mysterious and far beyond their reach. Others think of faith as a gift that some people are born with; some have it to a great degree, but others don’t. Both of those are misconceptions.
“God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). Everyone has been given a measure of faith, but many people don’t use their faith. If you don’t use your faith, it becomes flabby, just like muscles when you don’t use them. For faith to grow, you’ve got to keep exercising it.
Faith is not gained through scholarly analysis; it’s “not to the wise and prudent” that the deepest secrets of God are revealed (Matthew 11:25). It’s to those who dare to take God at His Word.
Those of childlike faith push right through all the arguing and doubting. They put the intellectuals to shame as they reach out and take from God the fulfillment of some promise that the intellectuals don’t seem to be able to grasp.
Faith operates in an entirely different realm from our five senses, but some of the same principles apply. When we taste something sweet, we have evidence that it is sweet because our taste buds tell us so. No matter what anyone else says, we know it’s sweet because we have evidence.
In the spiritual life, faith conveys to us evidence of spiritual truths, just as our five senses convey evidence of physical things. Just as we accept what our five senses tell us, we must accept as evidence what our faith tells us. When we do, our faith brings that thing to pass and makes it real to us. “As you have believed, so let it be done for you” (Matthew 8:13).
Take God at His word. When the troubles and trials come, instead of letting them grow and grow, get your Bible, find a promise, and claim it in Jesus’ name. Here is one that is surely too big for me to comprehend, but I often claim it: “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). And here’s another one: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).
No wonder the Word calls these promises “exceedingly great and precious” and tells us that through them we can become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). All you need is simple faith!
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Just as an unseen force of attraction holds the material world together and the unseen principle of confidence holds the financial world together, so the unseen law of faith is the underlying force that holds the spiritual world together.
—Virginia Brandt Berg
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