Last Saturday, in this blog, we looked briefly at our belief and why it matters that we believe in God. Connie took a final point a little further for us and wrote of Jesus’ ability to help us out of situations that seem, to our narrow thinking, are unable to be resolved. (You can review last Saturday’s Blog by scrolling down or by using the Previous button that appears on the full screen display. [Or by clicking here — Ed.])
Jesus uses the mustard seed and the size of the tree it grows to as a demonstration of what faith can do. Peter demonstrated faith through his emboldened courage to step out of the boat and onto the water. Faith in his saviour, Christ.
But it is not all big steps of faith. There are small indicators too.
While Joseph demonstrates faith of a large kind in following the crooked path from shepherd-boy to king-like man, he also demonstrates his faith in small ways. While this account does not show us Joseph too closely his action in the household as a prisoner and as servant to the Pharaoh’s senior servants does not show a man overly troubled by his circumstance. I would suggest we are seeing a man confident and comfortable in God’s care.
For an example of Joseph’s small demonstration of his faith look at his answer to the baker and cup bearer as they sought an interpretation of their dreams. See verse 8. Then Joseph provides the interpretation provided by God.
So what of Paul’s faith. This Galations passage gives us a good summary of Paul’s path from road side conversion to active preacher and convincer for Christ. One of the central items here, about verse 18, is Paul relying on God for his guidance and support and further education. He writes emphatically that he did not seek earthly advice in preparing to preach the gospel to the Gentiles
So a man who knows the Israelite law and customs becomes a Christian. preacher. His experience on the roadside generates faith in the risen Christ such that the Good News must be taken to the Gentiles whatever the danger and opposition. So begins a whole account of the preaching about the Saviour and the opportunity to be a child of Christ and a member of His church.
Joseph and Paul allowed their faith in God to become a part of their lives and they lived to accomplish the tasks set aside for them to protect the nation of Israel for Joseph and for Paul to begin the work of taking the gospel to the whole world.
So what does your faith allow, no compel you to do?