January 12: Faith Comes from Hearing

Read Romans 10:1-21

Our current devotional series is posing the question, “Are there specific steps I can take in order to spawn greater confidence and obedience towards God?”  That is an interesting idea.  It suggests that there are tangible actions from me that contribute to greater trust in our intangible Creator.  And, in these first few days of reading, we are suggesting that practical teaching is one of those faith catalysts.

Paul certainly would agree with that premise.  In the first century, he was burdened for the salvation of those who shared his Jewish heritage (vv. 1-4, cf. 9:1-5).  And yet, he knew exactly what it would take for them to respond to the gospel.  The things that God could use in drawing them to Himself are no different from those He uses in your life and in the lives of all who believe in Christ.  You can see it outlined in verses 14 and 15.

  • In order to believe they have to hear.
  • In order to hear, a messenger must speak.
  • In order for the messenger to speak, he/she must be sent.

But verse 17 summarizes what happens when the lights of faith go on in a person’s life:

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

The very message of the gospel is one of the very first catalysts for faith in many!

It is important to note that faith always has an object and content.  The object is, of course, is the God of the universe who exists eternally as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The content describes the Father who loves us infinitely, the Son who died sacrificially, and the Holy Spirit who convicts convincingly.

If the clear presentation of the gospel message was one of the first faith catalysts in your life, just imagine what continued exposure to the word of God will do for you!  How will your faith be multiplied as you expose yourself to the clear instruction and practical application of His word for the rest of your life?


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