While walking in my garden, I thought about having the faith to believe God. We all have circumstances in our lives that we need the Lord to intervene in, and some of those have become a part of us. We are so used to accepting that a situation is what it is, and we may not even pray about it any more, because we have given up on the situation changing. It could go on for years, and before we recognize it, we’ve stop praying about it.
If I had to answer the question about having enough faith, I would probably say, sometimes, I think I have enough faith to believe God, if the answer is for someone else’s healing, or other prayer request, but not near enough faith to believe God for my own healing. We are human, after all. I have gotten so comfortable where I am at in Christ, that change becomes unsettling. As a result, nothing changes.
With all of my shortcomings, it’s a wonder that an omnipotent God would invest his time in me, but the good news is, that he did. With all of my flaws, he still chose to invest in my salvation. You see, he already knows the plans that he has for me, and that is for me to prosper, be in good health, and have an expected end. There isn’t even a question of whether God would desire to take on the challenge of ensuring my salvation and helping me to reach my full potential in him. The Lord has shown us over and over again that we do matter. Why not believe? Has the Lord ever given us a reason to doubt his existence, love, or concern for us, his treasure?
But, still, there is that voice that sings doubt into our spirits, when we can’t explain a turn of events. It’s easier to sing along than it is to risk being silent and actually, allowing the Lord to work out our circumstances in due season. We sometimes get in our own way of the answered prayer, because God doesn’t operate under a cloud of fear and disbelief. It is up to us to exercise our faith to believe God. We can do no less, and expect to receive our answered petitions.
Yet, even when we don’t have enough faith to believe, we are all given a measure of faith; and with God, that is enough.