A Words of Faith story by Angela Meyer
“…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
~James 2:17 (NIV)
~James 2:17 (NIV)
Families gathered around TV sets and held their breath. The year was 1969. Would man really walk on the moon? They waited and prayed that the astronauts would return home safely after their historic walk.
Spectators around the world hoped for their return. The astronauts had faith.
The engineers built the rocket. Then the astronauts proved their faith by stepping inside the rocket. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the lunar module and walked on the moon. Without faith, the mission would have been dead.
We can say we believe, but until we take action, there is no proof that we do believe. Those are just words. Hebrews 11:6 says that “…without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Promises in the Bible include the “if factor”. Kind of like the “if you jump, I’ll catch you,” we tell our kids at the swimming pool. If they never jump, our kids show us they do not have faith we will catch them.
If we never act on what God has told us, we show our lack of faith.
Instead of seeking first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) and letting God take care of our tomorrows, we try and take care of everything ourselves and end up with a life full of worry and fretting.
Instead of walking by the spirit (Galatians 5:16) and allowing Him to make us new, we walk according to the flesh and find ourselves carried away by lusts and fleshly desires.
Instead of going to Him when we are weary and allowing Him to renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31), we stumble through life spiritually exhausted.
Four years ago I discovered my husband’s addiction to pornography, his online affairs with two women and out of control spending on his addiction. Walking away would have been the path of least resistance. To stay? How do you walk through something like that and come out whole?
I believed I served a God in the restoration business: Restoration of my own heart, my husband’s heart, and our marriage. I chose to walk out in faith, to forgive, stay and get help for our marriage. And God has been faithful. I was able to trust God with the process even when I couldn’t trust my husband.
I would have missed out on a world of blessings if I had not had faith in God. He has done so much to heal us and we trust Him to complete the process. Our prayer is that when people hear our story they will be drawn to our Heavenly Father who heals and makes whole.
Has there been a time when you proved your faith by your actions and saw a difference in your own life or in the life of someone you know?
Angela D. Meyer, author of The Applewood Hill Series, lives in NE with her husband of 25 years and their high school daughter. Their son serves our country in the Marines.
Angela enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, connecting with friends and encouraging women to grow in their faith.