Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Doubting is my default
I am kind of like doubting Thomas.
I need to see it to believe it. Sometimes, you can tell about it, explain it to me, and even swear on it and I will not believe you.
Doubt is my default.
And sadly this is no different when God tells me something.
- Are you sure God?
- Do you really want me to do that?
- Is that even going work?
- You need to give me a better sign.
- I need more answers.
- Can you give me a guarantee of success?
None of that sounds like faith.
Faith with guaranteed success is not faith at all.
Guarantees are not part of walking in faith.
God wants faith, not obedience based on guarantees.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Faith is placing my full trust in God because I know He is the only one that is in control. It is knowing that I can’t control the outcome but I can submit my doubts and fears to the God who is in control.
Nobody said it would be easy
But why is it so hard to believe God?
Why does so much just seem impossible?
- We know what He can do.
- All creation exhibits a tiny view of what He can do.
- Our very lives are proof of His power.
It wasn’t always like this
Think back to when you were a kid. It seemed like nothing was impossible. A dream was just a reality that had not become an actuality.
We practically wanted someone to challenge us that our dream wasn’t reasonable.
We grew up
And when you grow up you are supposed to take every childish notion and shove them way down…including your childlike faith.
It’s all about the realistic and feasible.
We have convinced ourselves that being responsible means never taking a risk or trusting God for the impossible.
So what are we to do?
Restore our inner child.
Jesus says grow down
Kids have more faith in one finger then adults have in the whole body. They just don’t have a problem believing what we write off as impossible.
And God says you must become like a child.
And I have to believe this is why Jesus tells us to Become like a child.
Matthew 18:2-4 (NIV)
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
It’s a childlike faith that allows you to believe the unbelievable. It’s what changes your response from what if to why not.
- Are you in the middle of a battle of belief?
- God has spoken to you and told you to step out in faith and you just can’t see past the what ifs?
Maybe your prayer today needs to be for God to help you become like a child. A child that trusts his father so much that he will take the leap because he knows his father will catch him.