Help My Unbelief
By Tom Sloan, Chief Financial Officer
We live in a day of cynicism, sarcasm and negativity, a world of unbelief. Although we are to be “in the world,” but not “of the world,” it is hard to remain unaffected and uninfected by this contagion of incredulity.
Zacharias was rebuked by the angel of the Lord and Jesus rebuked the disciples in the storm tossed boat. Thomas, whose name I share, received a “resurrected rebuke” for his lack of faith. Somehow, though, we don’t like to be rebuked for our unbelief.
Although we echo Jesus’ praise of “childlike faith,” woe to the one who insinuates that our faith may be lacking. Perhaps the issue is the target of our faith. We can more readily agree with general issues of faith in God, faith in His character and even a general faith in His omnipotence. What riles us and raises the “j word” for “judgment” is when someone directs their rebuke to the particulars of our lives. Our faith seems to be so personal and subjective that we chafe when someone applies it to our finances, our children and, God forbid, our health.
Job teaches us the frailty and futility of diagnosing another’s hardships. Even with the gift of discernment, our evaluations are sorely lacking, as were those of Job’s friends.
Rather than a ministry of fixing others in the name of faith, let’s spur one another to simple, childlike faith, the kind we need to enter heaven. (Matthew 18:1-5) Only YOU know what God is speaking to YOU and challenging YOU to believe. What are you believing God for, that you cannot see? Without faith, “the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11:1) it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) One of the greatest forms of humility is to choose to believe again when you have been disappointed and disillusioned.
Let faith arise!