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Chariots of Fire“… for those who honor me I will honor …” (1 Samuel 2:30 ESV)

If you have ever watched the movie “Chariots of Fire”, you may remember the scene where Eric Liddell, a Scottish runner for Great Britain, is about to run the 400 meter race in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Most people are doubtful of Liddell’s ability to when this race. In the film, just before the race begins, Jackson Scholz – an American runner, hands Liddell a note; “It says in the good Book, ‘He that honors me, I will honor.’ Good luck.” (Actually, the note was sent by Eric Liddell’s teammates, but this is movie history.) As real history records, Eric Liddell went on to win the race.

Let us consider what God is saying in the phrase, “for those who honor me I will honor.” God is justly jealous of His honor. He would not be God if He was to part with one molecule of His attributes. Thus, to honor God is to trust Him to be all that He says He is. We must totally trust in God’s divinity and His revealed Word. Doubt dishonors God and His Word. As Christians, we must beware of those who hold low views of biblical inspiration, as well as those who tamper with the meaning of Scripture. Christians should stand in awe of God’s divinity and bow unquestioningly to His Authority and Word as found in the Bible. As we honor God, He honors us by making His Word a light in the darkness of difficult times. (Psalm 119:105) Honor God’s Word and it will guide you in life, support you in death, and take you to heaven. Honor God’s Word and He will honor you by making that Word the joy of your soul. Paul writes, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16 ESV) Christians are to pursue a God-honoring faith that rests in Him with a childlike and unquestioning confidence.

Faith that honors God is a faith that relies on His power to complete all that He has pledged in His covenant and Word to perform. We honor Him by our unhesitating trust in His power, faithfulness, and love. The Scriptures teach us that, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV) The faith that honors God is believing His promises when they are not yet fulfilled; that He will answer our prayers although they are not yet answered; and that He cares for us even when there is no evidence of that care; that faith will be honored by Him.

Honor Christ! What a dishonor it would be to our Savior to doubt the effectiveness of His blood to pardon and that of His righteousness to justify the very chief of sinners. God honors us with His grace when we do not deserve it. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 ESV) Genuineness of faith will ultimately result in the praise, glory, and honor of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Peter 1:7 ESV)

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