Faith Thinks and Works

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 32 and 33.
Some people think that faith means doing nothing. They say they have faith in God and so they will not make any preparations or do anything to bring about whatever it is they desire. Hezekiah shows that faith in God includes thinking and working. Hezekiah learned that Sennacherib king of Assyria had come to Judah with the intent to conquer it and Jerusalem (2Chronicles 32:1, 2). Therefore, Hezekiah, “consulted with his leaders and commanders to stop the water from the springs which were outside the city; and they helped him” (v. 3), and verse 4 shows that they did what they proposed. He also took other necessary military preparations to defend the city (vv. 5, 6). However, none of those things ruled out faith, for listen to what he said to his people, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the mu ltitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles” (vv. 7, 8).
Are you carefully combining faith, thinking, and works?

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