DAY 186 OF 365 IN 2021
A MEASURE OF FAITH
Reference text: Matthew 9:18-26
Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
I listened to a teaching yesterday, referencing Hebrews 11:1, ‘For faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’.
As a summary, there was an analogy made between faith and money as follows ‘faith is in the spiritual what money is in the physical, a currency for exchange’. One cannot fly, eat, or wear money, but it is the substance for purchasing a flight ticket, food and clothing. It is the exchange rate for the things hoped for ie: transport, food, clothing etc.
Therefore, to each man has been given a measure of faith and in today’s text, we see evidence of two distinct levels of faith. We contrast the faith of the ruler whose faith required an interaction with Jesus and the physical laying on of hands to raise his dead daughter and the woman with an issue of blood whose faith hinted that a minor touch of Jesus’ garments was enough for her healing. No other interaction was necessary.
To both dimensions of faith, Jesus responded and both received as they believed. In every transaction, once the terms of exchange are validated, the deal can go through. Therefore, once the measure of faith meets the request that is demanded, God is obligated to answer because faith pleases Him.
Beloved, we each have a measure of faith, thus we ought to take actions of obedience in response to faith.
We are certainly not faithless, but it takes a closer walk with God and understanding of His ways to become “faith-full”.