Saturday, January 7, 2017

Help My Unbelief

Do you ever feel that your faith is weak?  Do you feel like the dad in Mark 9 whose son had an evil spirit that said to Jesus, "if you can do anything"?  Jesus kindly responsds, "If you can!  All things are possible for the one who believes."  There is only one response back to Jesus, "I believe; help my unbelief" (Mark 9:24).  It's easy to theologically criticize this dad who doubted that Jesus could heal his son.  In our pride we may read the story wondering how this dad could ask such a question to the soveriegn Creator of the universe.  "Doesn't he know who Jesus is?"  Yet if I take the time to examine my life and my heart I quickly realize that I ask the same question to Jesus myself.

How do we build stronger faith?

The way to build stronger faith is getting to know the object of your faith better.  Faith means nothing apart for the object which you place your faith in.  If I have faith in a broken object I am going to discover disappointment and suffering.  But placing faith in an object that has been proven good time and time again will produce an ever increasing faith.  This is why we must know the object of our faith or our faith will be weak.

The object of faith that will not disappoint is Jesus.  That statement means I am saying all other objects to which you place your faith will fail.  Jesus never fails.  How can I make such a claim?  That claim is backed up by truth which we find in the Bible.  Jesus never once failed in one promise he made.  He can never fail in fulfilling a promise he has currently made.  When the Bible says he is coming back (John 14;1-6) that is his promise he will fulfill.  When the Bible says trust him with your life that is a promise we can cling to with all our heart.  When the Bible says to repent and believe in Jesus and your sins will be forgiven (Romans 10:9-13) that is a promise he will not break.  When Jesus says, "All things are possible for the one who believes" he is making a promise that he will never break for those who believe in him.  "For nothing will be impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).

Jesus, the covenant keeping God cannot break a promise.  Every promise in the Bible has been fulfilled already, is being fulfilled now or will be fulfilled one day.  We old tight to his promises while he gives us ever increasing faith as we see more of his goodness and kindness to us through his promises.  "Lord, help us to trust your promises because they are promises made that we know will be kept since you are the covenant keeping Christ."

Grace upon grace,
JRL


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