Habakkuk 2:4This begs the question, what does it mean to live by faithfulness?
Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
I think the key there is trust. If we lack trust in God then we can't live by faithfulness.
After all, how can we have faith in someone we don't trust?
We all tend to trust in ourselves, but where does that get us? According to God's Word it doesn't get us far. In fact, limiting our trust only to ourselves leads to a life that is crooked.
According to the dictionary, a crooked life would be one that is distorted, immoral, dishonest, and evasive. Evasive means vague - which basically means unclear and without any strong meaning.
Hmm... If you really break that down you could say that a life in which you only trust in yourself is simply meaningless.
So to live by faithfulness would mean to put our trust in God. Faith essentially is trust.
And that leads me back to that first sentence from what I read this morning...
"By looking back on what God has done, I trust Him more for what He will do."What has God done in your life? We should all be able to answer that question. When we look at where we have been and what we have come through we can see very clearly how God has worked in our lives and we can use that to fuel the trust that we already have placed in Him. Fuel it, yes, like stoking a fire.
So today I'm remembering what God has done for me. And in remembering that, I find it very easy to trust Him with the future. He has never failed me and He never will.