“So, then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Faith does come by hearing God’ Word. But many people hear God’s Word and don’t believe it, so they don’t get its benefits.
Do you remember Rahab (Joshua 6)? She, along with all of Jericho’s inhabitants, had heard about the God of Hebrews. The people of Jericho all heard the same report; but Rahab alone heard AND BELIEVED. Not only did she believe in her heart, but she confessed it with her mouth and acted out her faith by hiding the Israelites spies.
Because of Rahab’s willingness to believe what she had heard, she was rewarded beyond her wildest imagination. When the rest of Jericho was destroyed, the walls of Rahab’s dwelling remained standing—as a testimony to her belief in God’s Word.
We can hear God’s Word continually, but until we believe what we hear and then act on it, it is not profitable to us.
When you hear the Word, don’t just casually receive it in your mind. Meditate on it. Accept it and receive it as a special message from God to you. Then use it to benefit your life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to mix our faith with Your Word, to take Your Word and use it in our lives, and to know that it is Your personal message to us.
In Jesus’s Name,