faith should be revealed. (Galatians 3:23)
God, in times past, caused people to be kept subject to His law
so they would learn the more excellent way of faith. For it was
through the law that they would see God’s holy standard and
thereby realize their own utter helplessness. Then they would
gladly learn His way of faith.
God still causes us to be “locked up until faith” is learned.
Our own nature, circumstances, trials, and disappointments all
serve to keep us submissive and “locked up” until we see that
the only way out is His way of faith. Moses attempted the deliverance
of his people by using self-effort, his personal influence,
and even violence. So God “locked [him] up” for forty years
in the wilderness before he was prepared for His work.
Paul and Silas were called of God to preach the gospel in
Europe. In Philippi they were “severely flogged, they were
thrown into prison, and the jailer . . . fastened their feet in the
stocks” (Acts 16:23–24). They were “locked up” to faith. They
trusted God and sang praises to Him in their darkest hour, and
God brought deliverance and salvation.
The apostle John was also “locked up” to faith, when he was
banished to the Isle of Patmos. And if he had never been sent
there, he would never have seen such glorious visions of God.
Dear reader, are you in some terrible trouble? Have you experienced
some distressing disappointment, sorrow, or inexpressible
loss? Are you in a difficult situation? Cheer up! You have been
“locked up” to faith. Accept your troubles in the proper way
and commit them to God. Praise Him “that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28) and
that He “acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (Isa. 64:4).
God will send you blessings and help, and will reveal truths to you
that otherwise would never have come your way. And many
others will also receive great insights and blessings because you
were “locked up” to learn the way of faith.