Faith In God The Creator
By A. B. Simpson
Faith recognizes in every case an act of creation. It does not require any material to start with, for it believes in a God who can make all things out of nothing, and therefore it can step out upon the seeming void and find it full of the creations of His power (Heb. 11:3).
In giving His greatest promises in the Old Testament, God reveals Himself as the Creator of that which He is promising. “Thus saith the Lord the Maker thereof…Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jer. 33:2-3).
There may be no sign of it, no probability of it, no germ of it from which to start – but God is able to make it out of nothing – by a word! He does so make it by the word which faith claims. He needs no protoplasm to build His magnificent edifices of worlds. “He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psa. 33:9).
Into the soul that has no basis or remnant of goodness, but is dead in trespasses and sins, He can speak life and holiness. Into the body, whose constitution is exhausted and its springs of life run out, He can command health and strength. And so faith begins where human hopes and prospects end; “man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
Now this faith, the apostle declares, is indispensable in order to please God (Heb. 11:6). No wonder; anything less is to treat God as if He were unreal and unreliable, and is practical atheism. It is to make His Word less sure than a mere material fact of nature and perception of the senses; it is to trust God less than we trust His works.
Unbelief, a Terrible Sin
The reason God requires our absolute trust is very plain. The ruin of the human race came by discrediting and doubting God’s word to our first parents.
“Hath God said?” was the fountain of all sin (Gen. 3:1). “God hath said” is the foundation, therefore, of our restoration. Only when we thus implicitly believe His Word will we love and obey Him.
And as unbelief stands in the foreground in the picture of our fallen race, so it leads the procession of the lost, in the closing scene in the tragedy of mankind. “The fearful, and unbelieving…shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).
Let us “take heed…lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:12-13).