Creed Screed: Living by Faith


By Paul Leavens 

The book of Habakkuk is just three or four pages long in most Bibles, but it contains an eternal truth that served as one of the themes of the New Testament books of Galatians, Ephesians and Hebrews: “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4 KJV). 

Not much is known about the prophet Habakkuk, but scholars believe he wrote his book shortly before the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C. 

Habakkuk asks God to do something about the wickedness that was prevalent in Judah. When God tells him he is sending the Babylonians to judge, Judah, Habakkuk doesn’t understand why God would use the Babylonians because they were even more wicked than the Israelites. 

God assures Habakkuk that the Babylonians will be judged too. And then God encourages Habakkuk to stay faithful in times of trouble: “The just shall live by his faith.” 

Is there trouble on the horizon? Or are you smack dad in the middle of a trial? Live by faith.

Has God seemed distant? Do you feel like you are alone? Live by faith. 

Living and walking by faith takes effort on our part. Reading the Bible, praying and spending time in worship all build our faith. 

It is easy to get distracted by life, but those who fix their gaze on Christ will reap eternal rewards. 

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2  Cor. 4:16-18). 

Think About it:

  1. What do you do to build faith?
  2. How have you seen God’s hand at work in your life?
  3. Do you know someone who could use some help thr”ough a difficult time?

Dr. Paul Leavens is minister of the Christian Church in Lindsay, 120 N. Frazier Ave. To contact him, call 559-562-3743 or visit

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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