I find it humbling, and comforting even, that the disciples of Jesus struggled with doubt and unbelief at times. Sometimes when I am struggling with doubt, I convince myself that if I could just see Jesus, feel His loving embrace, or hear all of His responses to my questions the way the disciples did, then I would never doubt again.
But, that isn’t necessarily true, is it? Peter stepped out of that boat in faith when Jesus called him out onto the water, Peter’s eyes were on Jesus in that moment and he had walked with Jesus and learned from Him first hand, yet he still doubted Him. And I think the same is true for many of us. The storms come, wind starts to blow, fear settles in, and our faith becomes little and doubt takes hold. (Matthew 14:28-31)
I think our society today has become so focused on the negative that we struggle to see how truly good our God is, how capable He is of the seemingly impossible; even when you are facing life’s hardships and you are in a season of suffering, He is still greater. God is not bound to our logic of what we deem is possible or impossible.
But, what if we turned our unbelief into belief? What if we woke up each morning with eyes to see only the goodness of God all around us? That every word that passes our lips would be words of praise for the God who is more than capable? That the posture of our hearts would be one of surrender to Him and our minds would be focused on only heavenly things? What if we just believed that God is worthy of all the praise no matter our circumstances?
Where are you struggling to believe that God is capable? There is not a single circumstance, heartbreak, or loss that is too big for God. I encourage you to shift your mindset, stop thinking about what you don’t have and the things that did not go your way. Instead, take up the shield of faith and believe. Taking every thought captive to obey Christ, and remembering He is the same God that has and will continue to bless you in the past, present, and the future because He loves you. That He is capable of the things we call impossible and every thing you ever could need is found in Jesus.
“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:24)
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
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