Sooner rather than later, all of us who profess to believe are taken through a series of hard things where JESUS says to us in HIS amazing way: so where is your faith now?
MARK 9: 24 “I BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF.”
In the book of Mark, the man whose son had convulsions since childhood, needed a Savior and a cure. And he said to JESUS: “if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” But his “if” was filled with doubt and how often do we pray this as well? We say if instead of when.
GOD PROMISES TO US ARE CERTAIN, LASTING AND ETERNAL.
I think we all know and understand that GOD does work for the good of all who believe in HIM…….but because of our flesh, we doubt this promise sometimes.
MARK 9: 23 “AND JESUS SAID TO HIM, “IF YOU CAN! ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR ONE WHO BELIEVES.”
If we think back and remember the times GOD has answered us specifically, shouldn’t that improve our confidence in HIM and HIS promises to us? Isn’t GOD the possible in the midst of the impossible?
HEBREWS 4: 16 “LET US THEN APPROACH GOD’S THRONE OF GRACE WITH CONFIDENCE, SO THAT WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP US IN OUR TIME OF NEED.”
Let our question of “if” be not about if HE can do anything for us, but let our if be “if it is YOUR WILL for us LORD.” GOD will answer in due time for us, HE always does! And HIS answer is always what truly is best for us, even when we cannot see it clearly at the time.
LORD HELP ALL OUR DOUBTS…….OUR UNBELIEF!
LET’S TAKE COMFORT TODAY IN THESE SEVEN “I WILL” STATEMENTS THAT JESUS MADE:
I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN (MATTHEW 4: 19)
I WILL GIVE YOU REST (MATTHEW 11: 28)
I WILL KEEP YOU (JOHN 6: 37)
I WILL LOVE YOU (JOHN 14: 21)
I WILL DO WHAT YOU ASK IN MY NAME (JOHN 14: 14)
I WILL COME AGAIN AND SEE YOU AGAIN (JOHN 14: 3 & 16: 22)
I WILL SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO YOU (JOHN 16:7)
Maybe in our all our doubting, we need to rest more in JESUS and HIS many I WILL statements to us. Are we fully grasping what HE means here? I think we doubt because how often do we say we will do something and we don’t! But we are in the flesh and JESUS is HOLY and perfect. HE is all powerful and HE provides and completes. HE is GOD and when HE says HE will do something…….then HE will. It is against HIS nature not to follow through.
We have evidence of HIS nature from HIS disciples who knew HIM and loved HIM. Their stories should give us confidence in HIS nature of who HE truly was and is. And when that doubt creeps in, let’s reach for one of those accounts of JESUS and HIS divine nature. Let’s remind ourselves why HE died for us on the Cross…….so we could be with HIM in all of eternity. JESUS made a way for us and HE doesn’t want us to doubt HIM because HE can be trusted……all of the time!
Don’t let the troubles of this current world deceive you……it may look dark, but JESUS is the true light. Come to HIM and believe in all of HIS loving words and promises to you. HIS word is eternal and will always come through for you. HE is coming back for us one day and why? Because HE said HE will return!
1 TIMOTHY 1: 13-14 “BUT I RECEIVED MERCY BECAUSE I HAD ACTED IGNORANTLY IN UNBELIEF, AND THE GRACE OF OUR LORD OVERFLOWED FOR ME WITH THE FAITH AND LOVE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.”