Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! Have you ever spoken these words? Maybe, like me, you have been on your knees crying these words out while struggling with anxiety and fear. So many times I had to ask the Lord to help my unbelief because I struggled with fear and anxiety. And the truth is that fear, anxiety, shame, guilt, these things are symptoms of our unbelief. Our unbelief in the promises of God is what causes us to struggle with these things.
How I wish I were sitting with you right now as I write these words, dear woman. I would ask you how it makes you feel to hear me say that your struggle is a struggle with unbelief. I would look in your eyes, and I would watch your body language for signs of how you are receiving my words.
Would I see hope and relief wash over you because you know that I have just given you great news? Would I watch your shoulders relax and hear a sigh of relief because finally someone has given you a tangible explanation for the pain you are feeling? Because understanding the cause of pain is the first step to finding healing from that pain, is it not? Would I see hope in your eyes because you know this to be true?
Or would I see your body stiffen with tension and your heart harden with defensiveness in response to the personal attack I have just launched against you? Would you defend yourself, asking how dare I suggest that you are somehow responsible for your circumstances? Would you accuse me of judging you and insist that I couldn’t possibly understand what you are going through?
If you fall under the first category, then I want to tell you I am so excited for you and I would ask you to stick with me, because I have some incredible truths to share with you.
For those of you who fall into the second category, I would say the very same thing. Stick with me, for these truths are for you too, dear woman.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Fear, anxiety, guilt, shame, all of these are symptoms of our lack of faith. I am not saying that as Christians, we should never feel anxious, afraid, or sad. Indeed, we know that Jesus Himself tells us we will feel these things.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
BUT we sometimes lose sight of the fact that Jesus not only also gives us the reason for our internal struggles; lack of faith but He also provides us with the solution; increasing our faith and trust in His promises.
Hold on. I can already hear some of you responding like this: “Christians are always saying you just need more faith! That’s so wrong to tell me that the reason I am suffering is that I don’t have enough faith! How dare you judge my faith!”
Let me challenge you on something here, friend. Are you telling me you are the first Christian in the entire history of the world that already has all the faith they need? Do you mean to say you are the one human on earth whose faith is so strong that there’s no way you could possibly need to grow any stronger in faith? No room for growth? Really? You?
Of course, you’re not saying that, right? That would be silly. So again, hang in there with me.
Every single one of us needs stronger faith. And we should want stronger faith. Why wouldn’t we??
If we believe what God’s word says, then we believe that greater faith is one of the best gifts that the Lord has for us. Shouldn’t we be desiring it, searching for it and longing for it? Shouldn’t we be pursuing it with all our strength, hope and focus?
Why would any of us hesitate to do whatever it takes to receive such a blessing?
Here’s what I am trying to say, dear woman… Maybe you are a woman who has spent a lot of time defending your right to be stressed. Maybe you have been through painful experiences that have left wounds so deep you believe those wounds will always define you. Maybe you’re doing ok, just a bit stressed or burdened in some way. Maybe your situation differs from all of these. It doesn’t matter, because none of these situations nor any we can come up with will change the fact that we need to increase our faith. Every single one of us needs to increase our faith. This is God’s desire for us, and so it should be our desire for us too.
So, my challenge for you, dear woman, is to lay it all at the Lord’s feet. All the excuses you can come up with as to why you struggle, lay them down. Lay down every idea, every reason, every wound. Set them aside and say, “Regardless of these things, today I will allow the Lord to increase my faith.”
This is where incredible, life-changing growth starts.
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