January 17, 2021

Lack of Faith?

Do you ever struggle with a lack of faith?

Faith is not something we just have or do not have. It involves a process of ups and downs, victories and setbacks, triumphs and disappointments with every passing day. That’s because faith is an aspect of our interactive relationship with God—a product of our walk with Christ and the constant, gentle influence of His indwelling Holy Spirit.

Every Christian has to wrestle with doubt, fear, failure and inconsistency. In a certain sense, that’s the only reliable road to a true and lasting faith that can weather the storms of life. Even the original disciples of Jesus (“men of little faith,” as the Lord affectionately called them) had to work through this. Just at that moment when belief should have come easiest to them—when the Risen Christ Himself stood before them on a mountaintop in Galilee—Matthew records that “some doubted” (Matthew 28:17).

So if you sometimes question, or if you’re still trying to sort it all out, know that you’re not alone; as a matter of fact, you’re in very good company. Meanwhile, be encouraged in the thought that even the merest shred of faith—faith as tiny as a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20)—is all that it takes to bring an approving smile from your heavenly Father (Hebrews 11:6).


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