In Mark 9:23-24 a desperate man comes to Jesus pleading for Him to heal his son. Jesus said to him: “…All things are possible to him who believes.” The man answered Jesus like so many of us have: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Have you ever found yourself with the same quandary of faith like this man? We want so much to believe God with all our heart but sometimes we find it difficult. Have you ever asked why this is? Let me give a few reasons why we sometimes find it hard to believe.
1) Our innate ability to trust someone, anyone could be at the root. One’s upbringing as a child can set the stage for belief. Think about it, a child doesn’t know what a lie is until they first hear one from a parent. They so trust their parents in everything they say, it is shocking for a child to discover that parents aren’t perfect. Unfortunately, that seed of mistrust can also harm a child’s relationship to God…they wonder can He also be fully trusted to keep His word? The Bible says it is “impossible for God to lie.” As children it may be difficult to understand, but as adults we must remember this truth. It will enable you to pray and follow God with confidence.
2) Another reason we find it hard to believe is because the depth of our commitment to Christ may be shallow. The closer we walk with the Lord, the greater our trust will become and the stronger our faith will be. We all had ‘best friends (BFF)’ when we were kids. The very fact they were our BFF was due to the time we spent with them, our experiences we shared together, and our belief, ‘they would always be there for us.’ Well, our relationship to Jesus should far eclipse any friendship we had with others in this world. Jesus said: “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. That cannot be said of all our childhood friends. They come, go, move away, etc. Jesus never does that, nor does He cast us away when we do bad things. In fact He wants to be there for us, to pull us out of trouble, and set our feet on solid ground once again.
3) Lastly, We find it hard to believe because we don’t spend time with Him in worship. Above all the things we can offer God, nothing is more important to Him than our worship. The Bible is the key to our worship. In it we discover the majesty of God and His promises. When we take Him at His word and have faith in what He says, it will enhance our fellowship and belief that God is so great and of such love that there is nothing He can’t do in my life.
In John 11:42, Jesus was praying to the Father, and said: “I thank you that You have heard Me….I know You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent me.” After this statement Jesus cried with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth!” YES, one of the greatest miracles He did was to raise a man from the grave who had been dead four days. Don’t miss the importance of this. Jesus saves! And when He saved you and me, He called us out of the deadness of our sins and gave us a new, glorious, transforming life in Him. When we find it hard to believe in Him and what He is capable of doing, “remember,” He has already raised you from the dead! Is there anything else in this life too hard for Him to do for you? Positively not!
May God richly bless, and grant you faith to believe all things are possible.