Faith requires action.
The Hebrew word for faith is אָמַן (transliteration: aman) and means, “to confirm, support.”
The short definition is given as “believe.”
“And Abram believed (aman) YHWH; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Gen. 15:6
He believed. He trusted. And he acted on that trust when he offered his son, Issac upon the altar.
I can only imagine what must have been going through Abraham’s mind in this passage. What struck me most when I read through it again was what he said to Isaac when asked, “where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Gen. 22: 8
He confirmed what he knew to be true of his God: that YHWH would provide. He then acted in obedience to what God had asked of him:
“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Gen. 22: 2
Many of us may claim to trust God and to believe what He says is true. Yet, if we aren’t walking in obedience to Him, our faith is dead. According to James 2: 14-26:
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
May we return to Him and walk in obedience to His Torah—His ways, His instructions for how we are to live righteously in order to confirm, support, and establish His Kingdom; on earth, as it is in Heaven.
This is day 25 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 24.