Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth.
-Judges xvi 6
Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is- ... an overflowing of the great heart of God;... therefore it is quite certain His Word will be fulfilled. Then faith thinketh, "Who gave this promise?"... She remembers that it is God who cannot lie- God omnipotent, God immutable; and therefore concludeth that the promise must be fullfilled; and forward she advances in this firm conviction. She remembereth , why the promise was given,- namely for God's glory, and she feels perfectly sure that God's glory is safe...; and therefore the promise must and will stand. Then faith also considereth the amazing work of Christ as being a clear proof of the Father's intention to fulfill His word. "He that spared not His own Son, but freely delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Moreover faith looks back upon the past, for her battles have strengthened her, and her victories have given her courage. She remembers that God has never failed her; nay, that He never did once fail any of His children... Thus faith views each promise in its connection with the promise-giver, and, because she does so, can with assurance say, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!"