Faith is the God-ordained way of receiving from God. However, there are times when God exercises His sovereignty as God and blesses people whom He chooses to bless on the ground of His mercy. But we must never take such occasions as the usual way of receiving from God. That’s just an intrusion of His sovereignty in time. We are told in the Word that the just shall live by faith; and that faith pleases God. Therefore, faith is God’s usual and preferred way of receiving from Him. We must therefore learn the ways of faith and understand how to engage faith in receiving from God. Understand that there is so much to receive from God in Christ. Why? God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Faith is God’s usual way of doing things. All the resources of God, all the blessings of God are available to us on faith’s claim.
Our opening Scripture is one of the sovereign intrusions of God in time to bless man. In John 5, the impotent man was not made whole by his faith; it was purely an act of the mercy and sovereignty of God. When Jesus said to him “Wilt thou be made whole?” he replied, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” It was in response to that statement that Jesus said, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” He did not get healed because he believed that Jesus could make him whole. He got healed because God had mercy on him. Again, in the case of the Gadarene demoniac, we do not see him exercising or expressing any faith in Jesus to be delivered from the oppression he had been under. His deliverance was purely by the sovereignty and mercy of God. However, the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda had to suffer in that situation for a long time before the sovereignty of God intervened. With faith, however, you can always have God move on your behalf, because that’s God’s system of meeting our needs usually and normally. So, that’s why you must learn to live by faith. On the ground of faith, there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles; for God is rich unto all that call upon His Name! Hallelujah!
My Solid Front (Confession):
I declare that I am a believer; I live and walk by faith. Therefore, all the promises of God are sure to me, for on the ground of faith, there is no difference between the Jew and Greek. Amen!
Further Meditation: John 9:1-7; Romans 10:11-13.