Believing and receiving go together. Jesus once spoke to two blind men who stumbled behind him and asked to be healed, and He said, “Be it unto you according to your faith.” (Matthew 9:29). The two men were healed. Faith is real. Faith has life-changing power.
But what happens when faith feels small?
It happens. We are human and limited and finite beings, and we are often ruled by emotions. Sometimes faith feels strong and we feel on top of the world. Sometimes we feel down and we know that in and of ourselves the power to believe is impossible to ‘drum up’.
Faith is a gift from God. Like all gifts, faith can get misplaced or lost. When we wrestle with unbelief we may feel blinded by circumstances. Perhaps with good reason. We may have been through a terrible loss and it might have seemed God abandoned us. Perhaps we went through a long series of hardships and grew weary of believing.
When faith feels small, don’t allow doubt, guilt, fear or raw and hurting emotions to get in the way. When unbelief blocks you from moving on in faith, or when faith feels small, draw closer to God.
How wonderful to know God is always there and He never condemns us, but says, “Be strong and of good courage!” God lovingly reminds us in His Word that all of His great and precious promises and New Creation power are ours forever and always within reach.
If unbelief is a battle for you, let God know. Talk with Him. God doesn’t have a voicemail box full of unanswered calls. He’s always waiting to hear from us and to answer with awesome outpourings of His faithfulness. So talk with God. Let go. And let God be God. Trust that He is there for You – always. Pray humbly, “Lord, help my unbelief.” Then trust Him to raise the level of your faith. No matter where you’re at in your life journey, always hold on to His promises. One of my favorite promises of God has seen me through many times when my faith was oh so small:
It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you His Kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
God said it. Believe Him. Expect MORE…
© 2012 S. Michaels
From Notebook: Following God