May 15, 2018

Encouragement for Those Times When Your Faith is Small

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 15, 2018

By Shana Schutte

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  Isaiah 42:3

I don’t know about you, but there are days or even seasons when I have wrestled with trusting God. I have struggled with laying my concerns and cares at His feet, giving Him control of my life—and I have even struggled with unbelief.

Perhaps you’ve felt the same. And, when you have wrestled with unbelief, perhaps you have wrestled with the thought that if you don’t have full, abundant, and perfect faith that God won’t do this or that and you won’t receive from Him.

If you have struggled in this way, you are not alone. All it takes is hearing one sermon that God doesn’t reward us when we doubt, or a “name-it-and-claim-it” message to begin to feel that whatever happens in your life is all up to you and the result of your faith—or lack of it.

Around Easter, I read a verse in Luke that made me sigh in relief about this and it reminded me that God is God and that He does miracles and performs more than our expectations even when our faith is miserably small.

Luke 24:1 says, “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.”

Did you catch that? The women. . . Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, went to Jesus’ tomb fully expecting to find His body. But He wasn’t there. Their expectation, their doubt, or their lack of faith didn’t stop Him from performing the miracle of His resurrection.

For someone who wrestles with thinking they have to believe enough for God to move, and trust Him fully and never struggle with doubt, this is a liberating message. Isn’t it awesome to know that God is God even when we fall so terribly short, and that His plans will still stand even when our faith is small?

So, what can you do if you are wrestling with trusting God or struggling to believe Him? Just tell Him. He already knows your heart. And when you confess your unbelief to Him, He will strengthen you. He is always ready to extend grace to the humble.

Prayer

Lord, I praise you that you are always there for me, even when I struggle with unbelief. Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me.

Application

What situation do I need to give to God, trust Him and not stress over?

Related Reading

James 3:2; Romans 7:19-20; Romans 8:1

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