Your immediate answer, the one we have been programmed to say, is yes; that’s the good, Christianly thing to say. But sometimes, deep down, our true answer echoes the words spoken by the father of the demon-possessed boy: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, NIV)
We believe, but we’ve also heard the doctor’s report.
We believe, but we see the bills piling up.
We believe, but everything around us is saying that our belief is in vain.
Often, we struggle to place our full confidence in God because we focus more on our physical reality than the spiritual reality. We base God’s goodness, love, and mercy on what our circumstances tell us, rather than what His Word tells us.
We must learn to rely on our faith to get us through hard times—or, in the words of Proverbs 3:5 (NIV):
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
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