Faith Comprehends
     A Godless person has no bridle except fear of those humans stronger than he, and a Godless society
has  no  moorings,  no  moral  or  ethical  restraints,  and  no  direction  except  what  is self-imposed.  Without
genuine  faith    in  God,  oaths  used  by  society  in  general,  including  oaths  of  office,  have  no  power  or
meaning at all (Hebrews 6:16).  “By the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:6).  Without
God, one cannot even define evil or good, immorality or morality, wrong or right.  How great is the folly of
those who would take our nation away from God and leave His wisdom out of all public affairs!
Faith in God comprehends much.  One must believe in His very existence (Hebrews 11:6), His active
concern  for  mankind  (Hebrews  11:6),  His  true  identity  (Exodus 3:14; 6:3; Acts 17:24-31, John 3:16) His
communication  with  mankind  (Hebrews  1:1-4;  II  Peter  1:12-21;  II  Timothy  3:16,17),  His  faithfulness  and
righteousness (Deuteronomy 7:9; I Corinthians 1:9; Daniel 9:7,14), His infinite wisdom (Isaiah 55:8,9), His
mercy  and  grace  (Hebrews  9:10-12;  Titus  2:11-14),  our  accountability  to  Him  (Romans  14:12),  His
expectation  of  rightful  obedience  (Hebrews  5:9;  Revelation  22:14;  Philippians  2:5-8),  and  His  righteous
judgment of each of us according to our deeds (II Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:1-11; Revelation 20:13).
     Faith in God is both a restraint and a motivator.  Godly fear moves us away from evil and spurs us to
faithful  obedience  (Hebrews  12:28).    Faith    instills  not  only  reverence  and  awe,  but  also  love  and
thankfulness  to  our  God,  upon  Whom  we  are  totally  dependent  for  life,  sustenance,  and guidance (Acts
17:24-31; 14:17; James 1:16-25).  May we truly learn to walk humbly with our God! (Micah 6:6-8).  “Lord
God of Hosts, be with us yet, lest we forget  -- lest we forget!”
   Gilbert Alexander
   Beulah Church of Christ
   (256) 232-1050