This is from one of my daily devotionals–Experiencing God. It really hit home for me because I feel I have a lot of faith. This devotional made me admit to myself that too often I waver. The following verse really made me take notice—“ without faith it is impossible to please God.” I wonder how many times I have failed to please God because of my lack of faith. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, ant there was a great calm. Matthew 8:25-26
It is by faith that God’s mighty power is released into the life of a Christian (Heb. 11:33-35). The fact that you have doubts indicates that you do not know God as you should. If your prayer life is infiltrated with doubts, you have denied yourself the greatest, single avenue of power that God has made available to you. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). God never comforts you in doubt. Jesus consistently rebuked those who would not believe Him. He had revealed enough of Himself for His disciples to have believed Him in their time of need.
God wants to build your understanding of Him until your faith is sufficient to trust and obey Him in each situation (Mark 9: 23-25). The moment you turn to Him with a genuine commitment to rid yourself of doubt, God will match your doubt with a revelation of Himself that can convince you of His faithfulness. When Thomas doubted, Jesus revealed Himself to him in such a way that every doubt vanished (John 20:27). You can only resolve your lack of faith in God’s presence. He must reveal Himself in such a way that any doubt you might have is removed.
Jesus did this with His disciples. He involved them in a consistent, growing relationship with Himself. Jesus took them through teaching, to small miracles, to large miracles, to the resurrection. Jesus knew that the redemption of the world rested on His disciples’ believing Him.
What does God want to do in the lives of those around you that waits upon you trust in Him and the removal of you doubts?