Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you believe in the One He has sent.”—John 6:29
In this passage, our Lord is asked: “What can we do to perform the works of God?” (v. 28). His answer was entirely different from that which you would receive if you posed the question to adherents of different religious systems today. A Buddhist would answer: “We must follow the eightfold path of Buddhism.” A Muslim would answer: “We must fast and pray and make a trip to Mecca.” Some followers of the Christian way might answer: “We must engage in regular Bible study, prayer, tithing, and Christian fellowship.” But the answer Jesus gave was: “This is the work of God—that you believe …”
George Watson, a devotional writer, said: “To trust the Origin of our existence is the fundamental grace of life. There is one virtue [in God] that stands out forever more conspicuously than friendship, or love, or knowledge, or wisdom. It is fidelity. God’s fidelity is in Him what trust is in us.”
Understanding that God is utterly trustworthy will deliver us from such incapacitating emotions as worry, anxiety, and fear. To be overwhelmed by the concerns of this life reflects poorly upon the faithfulness of God.
An old saint who was dying became concerned that he couldn’t remember any of God’s promises. His pastor said: “Do you think God will forget any of them?” A smile came over the face of the dying Christian as he exclaimed joyfully: “No, no, He won’t.” This, too, is our confidence. He won’t forget, because being God, He can’t forget.
O God my Father, if fidelity in You is what trust is in us, then help us come to a place where our trust matches Your fidelity. We confess we are not there yet, but we long to arrive. Help us, dear Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
2Tm 2:1-13; Heb 2:17; 10:23
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