“Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true,” said Max Lucado. Have you looked forward to something for a long time, then when you finally got it, it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be. Did you feel deceived? You had faith in the object, not in the one it came from. Is it any surprise some of us have a hard time trusting God? When bad things happen to good people, we second-guess God’s love for us.
Do you really have faith in God? Believing God is about trusting Him to work even when it doesn’t look like there’s anything happening. There is no middle ground when it comes to believing God – either we operate in fear or faith. If you’ve ever second-guessed a decision you’ve made, you are in like company. Henrietta Mears, the founder of Gospel Light was asked at the end of her life, if you could do anything different with your life, what would it be? She said, “Believe God more.” Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.”
Believing God’s plan is best is a decision we make, it’s a crisis of the will. We are deceived when we feel we can’t trust God with our situation and don’t believe He can help us. Doubt is the opposite of belief. The only anecdote for unbelief is to accept the truth. Those who believe God can put their faith in Him in any circumstance. We must trust God. That good, or bad, He has best interests in mind for us. How big is your God? Is He big enough to handle all your problems? There is no middle ground when it comes to believing God – either we operate in fear or faith.
As we wait on God’s purpose and plan, it helps to turn our hearts toward God’s plan and quiet our soul with promises from His Word. Psalm 130:5-6 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and, in His Word, I put my hope.” Once we understand God’s stable character and realize we have power to stand firm in our authority on the finished work of Jesus Christ, we can confidently trust God and depend on His unwavering faithfulness.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:13-15). This process is called embracing our Identity in Christ. In Christ, we are accepted, we are secure, we are significant. Because the blood of Jesus Christ has cancelled the curse, we can let go of our past feelings of shame, blame, unworthiness. This is knowing the truth of what God says about me and acting accordingly.” David Wilkerson says, “Likewise today, some Christians are content to merely exist until they die. They don’t want to risk anything, to believe God, to grow or mature. They refuse to believe his Word and have become hardened in their unbelief. Now they’re living just to die.” Won’t you choose to believe God more? Yes, me too. Let’s do it together. We are better together.