Faith and Action
“When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.” 2 Ch. 31:1
The Passover celebration was finally over and there was probably quite a letdown after all the excitement subsided. It was time for people to pack up and return back to their flocks and farms. The holiday had come to an end and there was tedious daily work awaiting. Besides, there was a long journey home ahead of them, which was something they weren’t looking forward to undertaking.
All manner of celebrations in life will eventually come to an end, and when they do, the drudgery of doing our daily routine will start. Why can’t life be an endless celebration? We may sometimes wonder.
As a matter of fact, the celebration didn’t come to an end, even though all the Passover festivities were over, for the Israelites seemed to have found something important to do afterward. They decided to stretch the spirit of the revival that they had just experienced to a new level and put their faith to work.
“When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.”
They determined to get rid of all the traces of idolatry in the land by going from town to town to smash the sacred stones and chop down the Asherah poles. Such is the decisive action people undertook, attempting to make sure the practice of idolatry would never surface in Israel again.
I made a clean break from my past when I was converted, yet, unfortunately, the break might not have been drastic enough, and the remnants of my past life seem to have continued to haunt me over the years, which might have greatly hindered my spiritual progress.
Action is what makes our faith complete, and without it faith will forever remain “head knowledge,” having very little to do with the formation and function of our heart.
There was, come to think of it, a rather severe lack of strong determination to follow the Lord single-mindedly when I was saved, which is the reason why I pretty much have remained “half-baked” after years of attempting to follow the Lord.
Unless drastic actions are taken to compensate our faith in God, it will remain rather incomplete.