O Me of Little Faith

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Belief is such an integral part of the redemption process. It’s vital and yet hard to pin down and hard to practice. It’s like sanctification itself, a growing thing that will never reach perfection this side of heaven. It’s the main theme in the Abraham narrative, reaching a pinnacle with the sacrifice of his son in Moriah. It was the vital element of God’s dealing with all the patriarchs and the prophets. It’s a key ingredient in every God/man encounter. It’s the linchpin in the list of persecuted saints in Hebrews 11. It’s an absolute requirement when it comes to salvation and also in the propagation of the gospel. It’s the main theme of John’s epistle. As the disciples were exposed to Jesus’ teaching and his miracles, John states on various occasions that the disciples believed. What was it they believed? It focuses on whether or not Jesus was the promised Messiah. Eventually, the disciples were convinced, yet they wavered during the crucifixion of Jesus. Faith was restored and greatly strengthened following the resurrection and was wonderfully solidified when the Holy Spirit descended on them at Pentecost. I have all this evidence and still waver in faith. I have no trouble accepting all the revealed truth of the Bible, but when it comes to living the life here and now, it’s hard. I think the disciples experienced the same thing. When they were with Jesus on terra firma it was fine, but when in the boat in the midst of a ferocious storm, it was different. When Jesus was performing miracles and crowds were following him, it was great, but when he was tried, convicted, and sent to the cross, it was different. My heart’s cry is still
“I believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.”

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