IMO the Bible shows us true faith is a responsibility. It is why we have the parable of the man who is likened to hiding his gifts under a bushel basket. God has blessed us with the tools, we have a responsibility to use them. We also have a responsibility to our fellow man.<quoted text>
It is estimated that 15,000 (give or take a couple of thousand) children die of starvation related illnesses daily...one every 3.6 seconds.
Why doesn't God go to the store with them and pay their bills???
Yes...I believe that it is us "we" that are responsible for feeding those children...but when "we" fail for whatever reason...if God is going grocery shopping for you...why can't he pick up a few extra things for those children.
Why would God pay your bills...and not the bills of those children?
If someone is out of work and refuses to even try to look for a job and collects a welfare check, they can't claim God is paying their bills IMO. In fact I believe it would be a sin. Faith in God to me means you do your best, to the best of your ability, with the tools and gifts God has given you. That is the part we can control. And then we leave all the rest we can't control up to God.
But this sense of entitlement through faith or rationalization for inaction through faith IMO is wrong. God isn't there to provide us a free ride. He is there to help us and even carry us in times of need and to always be there to love and guide us. But we have a responsibility to meet Him half-way, or whatever smaller fraction it may actually be. We have a responsibility to try to do his will which includes not wasting our gifts and helping those in need. Those that want God to do the heavy-lifting is in part why there are so many starving children in the world. Yes we should have faith in God. And IMO we ought to give Him some reasons to have faith in us.
Good post Annie