There are plenty of examples of unbelief in the bible. And while the reasons why people don’t believe could fill another book, what do we do with those that do profess to believe….but really don’t?
Yes, it may surprise you that a whole bunch of self-professed “people of faith” are exactly that….unbelievers. Today, I can’t really talk with those of you who don’t believe in anything that remotely resembles religion. But I can talk with you all who claim the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Simply put, unbelief is a lack of faith that God will provide what is needed at the time it is needed. Don’t worry…if this is you, you’re in pretty good company. Remember:
Abraham and Sara trusted God’s promise to make their descendants as numerous as the stars…so much so that they struck an under-the-table-deal with Hagar to hurry things along before they got “too old.”
Jonah trusted God’s direction…so much so that when God told him to go to Nineveh, he went as fast and as far as possible in the opposite direction because he didn’t like what God told him to do.
The Israelites, God’s chosen people, who He provided for time and time again…time and time again became complacent and fell away from faith when the going got rough.
And then we have the infamous “Doubting Thomas” who, despite knowing Christ, didn’t believe when told Jesus had overcome death. That is, until Jesus physically stood in front of him offering proof.
Do you see yourself?
How many times have we seen God’s faithfulness in our lives, but choose to think our way of dealing with life’s challenges is a much better plan?
How many times do we know what God expects us to do and how to live our lives, yet we willingly do the exact opposite and end up sitting in the belly of a world gone wrong?(as FFH would sing)
How many times has God blessed our lives, but as soon as the going gets rough we forget the good, dwell on the bad and end up exiled and wandering in the desert?
How many times to we profess our belief that God’s love can conquer anything, yet when faced with fear, disappointment and uncertainty, we doubt His love and mercy can overcome any situation? How many times do we require proof before trusting him?
Yes, it’s very easy to say we have faith…but not really believe.
Submitted for ABC Wednesday