“The just shall live by faith.” This declaration of the Christian principle of life is noted in Scripture:
In Habakkuk 2:1-5, we see the difference between the lives of the unjust and the just. The unjust are puffed up and live by their own self-sufficiency. The just, in contrast, live by faith– their confidence is in God. To them, faith is more than a philosophy of life; it is the very principle of life (v. 4).
The righteous man lives by faith. He is saved by faith (Acts 16:31), is kept by faith (1 Peter 1:5), and, as noted before, lives by faith (Galatians 2:20). Though his faith will be tried many times and in many ways (1 Peter 1:7), faith will always be vindicated, because it is more sufficient than any other situation or circumstance. Faith knows how to wait on the Lord (Isaiah 40:31), and it is always victorious (1 John 5:4).
Faith defies reason; it can move mountains (Matthew 17:14-21). It does not always face the facts, and it never gives up (Hebrews 11:32-39). Faith says, “God is working out His perfect will in my life, and I can wait, endure and even suffer.” Faith does not make things easier, but it does make all things possible.