An Example of Faith to Follow
Many people who accept that Jesus is their true Messiah, that God is their Creator and the Bible is His true revelation, find it difficult to apply these things in their own lives. Paul says in Hebrews 11:6, “For whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek him” (RSV). In the Old Testament we read of king Hezekiah. Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death (Isaiah 38:11) and Isaiah was sent to him by God: “Thus says the Lord: set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover” (Isa 38;2 2 Kings 20).
Nowadays people (Christians) tend to flee from the truth and seek advice from neighbours, relatives, friends and health practitioners (traditional healers, Africa), neglecting God who is the source of all power. In our time they may have arranged for the inheritance with their sons, but Hezekiah knew that we can talk to God through prayer who will satisfy our needs. We are told that Hezekiah “turned his face to the wall and prayed to God” (Isaiah 38:2). The Bible speaks with its own authority when it says God is the Creator of everything; He creates evil and light to confirm our faith in him. We should defeat temptation to sin as Jesus did when he was tempted, “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him you shall serve”. The same with believers today, we should pray to God as the source of all power. “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). “May the words of my mouth be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord” (Psalm 19:14).
Bro. Simon Mudavose (Masvingo Rural, Zimbabwe)