Why has Our God chosen faith as the vehicle for our perfection? Why not character, virtue, sacrifice, or strength? What does faith do for the heart of God? What does it do for us? And, lastly, what does it do for others?
The writer of Hebrews tells us that those who live by faith show God that they are looking for their real home in heaven, and that, therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God. It goes on to say that those who come to him must believe that he exists and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.
So faith does two things: first, it shows God, others, and ourselves that we are looking to our heavenly rewards and, second, it proves to all that we love God more than this present life.
It is so easy to get caught up in the affairs of this life and all the cares, fears, and frustrations that go along with living in a fallen world. However, if we will discipline ourselves to step back and try to see things from God’s point of view, we will discover that this life is just a testing ground and that it was never designed to meet all of our needs or to make us completely comfortable.
Only God can meet all of our needs and provide the comfort that we desperately seek. And only heaven will take away this aching homesickness which seems to be our constant companion.
~ Brad Heilhecker