“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived–not always looking forward to as though the ‘real’ living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow” -Elisabeth Elliot
“Just have faith” could quite possibly be the most cliche, and the most shallow response I have heard. Although it is a true statement, what does that look like, or what does it mean? Just like myself, I’m sure you have had to wait for something or believe in something to happen just as you desire. The anxiousness and overwhelming feeling we are left with is, for some unbearable. But with faith, it doesn’t have to feel that way.
Being in a season of waiting can be hard. To me, it seems like once one season ends another one begins. And in some way or another I am waiting for something or believing God to change something. Similarly, they both require faith. Most of the time when this happens I am caught in my flesh and I forget God is able and in control.
In Mark 9:23-24 A boy is brought to Jesus to have demons within him cast out. The boy’s father is desperate, and tell Jesus, “Help us, IF you can” Jesus then replies, “What do you mean if I can, anything is possible if a person believes” The father of the boy then said, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.”
Contrary to popular belief, faith is not something we arrive at. I am a believer, a follower of Christ, and I love the Lord with everything in me, but I do struggle with faith. Just like the father In these verses I have to pray for God to help my unbelief. We, in the natural, can’t do it on our own. It is a constant renewal of trust in Jesus.
I have shared before about somethings I have gone through the last couple of years. The death of my children’s father, a traumatic experience, and walking away from a form of comfort I had for 5 years. All of which required faith to get through. Each time one of these circumstances came I remembered how the Lord had brought me through the last time. Even now, today, when going through something I can remember how great His faithfulness is to get me through. Because He did it once, I know HE WILL do it again. That’s faith! We may never know what our lives will look like in the future or how a situation will turn out, but if we have faith and trust in God, that is enough.
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” -Matthew 17:20
We are reminded that even if its just a small amount of faith, and we truly believe and trust in God’s power, it can be done. That broken marriage can be restored. The drug-addicted family member will find the help they need. Your rebellious child’s heart, can be turned into a heart of flesh. And the woman who has been single for years can be presented to her husband. (Me! LOL) Let’s just hold on to that little mustard seed of faith.
God is not a God that He would listen to your prayers and turn from you. He hears you, He knows your heart, and He is standing with you. We get into the habit of bringing God into our worldly ways of wanting things right as we ask for them. But let us humble ourselves and allow God to work in the spirit. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord” Isaiah 55:8. Remember, our prayers are answered on God’s time. But we have to keep faith that He hears us and will come through for us according to His will.
I pray when your faith is shaken and wavering, you are humble enough to ask God just like the father did in Mark, to help your unbelief. Or remember a certain situation He has brought you through before to increase your faith. He won’t hold it against you. He loves you, and He is waiting for you!
Love and Blessings, Vanessa