(August 8, 2021) Geri B brings an insightful challenge…
… a faithful man who can find?’ asks the wise Solomon in Proverbs 20:6.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘faithful’ as ‘steadfast in affection or allegiance, firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty, full of faith.’
In James’ epistle faith is intrinsically linked to deeds… ‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds’ (James 2:14, 17-18).
Hebrews 11 mentions those who lived their lives in faith by their deeds and we are exhorted to live in the same manner – whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in and the outcome.
However there is someone not mentioned in that chapter who also epitomises a life of faith… but he is often overlooked because of the woman he married. However I would like to briefly examine his life to gain a little insight into what it can mean to live a faithful, full-of-faith life. The ‘faith-ful’ life he lived was one of having the fear of God, being obedient and evidencing humility.
I speak of Joseph, a godly and righteous man, a descendant of King David, introduced in the book of Matthew as the fiancé of Mary, the mother of Jesus. He was also a kind and gracious man who did not want to expose Mary to public disgrace by breaking their engagement due to her pregnancy, even though by the law he had every right to do so.