The Bible says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please him.” As you read the entire book it becomes clear that faith is the prerequisite for a relationship with God.
We read over and over, “Fear not.” I’ve not counted, but I read once that this phrase is found 366 times in the Bible. If that is the case, that is one time for every day of the year, including Leap Year.
When you consider these thoughts, it is obvious that God expects us to trust in him. And therein lies the problem. There are so many times and so many situations we face that would cause us to doubt, to fear and to worry.
Still, the Bible calls for faith. When he appeared to Thomas following his resurrection, Jesus said to him, “Stop doubting and believe.”
I know there have been many times when doubt and fear have been the easiest routes for me. Life is not going as I think it should.
There’s too much month left at the end of the money. The diagnosis has been bad. Or something else has happened. And I find myself wallowing in self-pity, doubts and fears.
I remember my mother fussing at her mother, my granny. “Mama, you’ve got to stop worrying,” she said. And my granny, as only she could, replied, “I’m not worrying. I’m just concerned.”
Yes, we try and fool ourselves that we are not worrying, doubting or afraid. But God knows our hearts.
I know that life is hard. I know there are more than enough reasons to worry and be afraid. But I also know this: God is able.
Notice I added nothing to that sentence. God is able. How I need to be reminded. God is able. And because of that, I need not fear.
But like the father of the sick young boy I often cry out to Jesus, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”
I don’t know what you are facing today, but let me remind you one more time: God is able. And that is enough.