Quiet Time with Jesus – Faith and Love

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In the book of Numbers, it was recorded that the Israelites grumbled and complained continuously. They were utterly ungrateful. When they failed to believe God and act on the basis of His promises, they showed contempt for God.

Today, if we have to deal with ungrateful and contemptuous people, how do we pray?

In his prayer, Moses reminded God that He is the LORD who is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.

In faith and love, Moses interceded for the people who had turned against him:

In accordance with Your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as You have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.
— Numbers 14:19

Faith (in God) and love (in Christ) empower us to forgive.

If we are to have enduring selfless love for others we must first have faith in God.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
— Hebrews 11:1

Two words describe faith: sure and certain. These two qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is - believe in God’s character – He is who He says; The end point of faith is - believe in God’s promises – He will do what He says.

When we believe that God will fulfill His promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith.

We need to commune with God - a personal, dynamic relationship with God changes our mind. We begin to see things in His perspective. Faith (in God) and love (in faith) transform us.

Faith draws love from God. Love (from God) expresses faith.

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
— Galatians 5:6

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

You are the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Forgive our wickedness, rebellion and sin. Empower us to love the unlovely and unresponsive.  

Fill us with the knowledge of Your will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. Strengthen us with power so that we may have great endurance and patience.

In Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen.

Lam Yee Ling

 Father, not my will but Yours be done. Amen.