True Faith Lays Hold of Promises
For we also received the good news, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, since they did not share the faith of those who comprehended it—Hebrews 4:2 (ESV).
Faith is very important. It is the link that binds us to every promise of God—it brings us every blessing. I do not mean a dead faith, but a living faith. There is a great difference between the two. A man may tell me that ten thousand dollars are deposited in a certain bank in my name. I may believe it, but if I don’t act upon it and get the money it does me no good. Unbelief bars the door and keeps back the blessing.
Some one has said there are three elements in faith— knowledge, assent, laying hold. Knowledge! A man may have a good deal of knowledge about Christ, but that does not save him. I suppose Noah’s carpenters knew as much about the ark as Noah did, but they perished miserably nevertheless, because they were not in the ark. Our knowledge about Christ does not help us if we do not act upon it. But knowledge is very important. Many also assent and say— “I believe”; but that does not save them. Knowledge, assent, then laying hold: it is that last element that saves, that brings the soul and Christ together.
About the author and the source
When Dwight L. Moody (1837–1899) determined to let the world see what a man wholly devoted to the Lord could accomplish, he was already a successful evangelist. Following his filling by the Spirit, he led half a million people to Christ, founded a pastoral training school, a church, and a printing house, and authored several books. Others compiled works based on his writings and sermons, too—among them the devotional from which we took today’s entry.
D. L. Moody. The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody, selected by Emma Moody Fitt. East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore, 1900.