Unbelief in the life of a Christian is the antithesis to faith. Can we believe and have unbelief at the same time? Yes! However, we need to face it head on and deal with it, asking God for help.
We need help with unbelief, but we first need to admit we have it
Mark 9:24–Thus the man with the epileptic boy cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief.” believe; help my unbelief?!!
The father of the epileptic boy showed that he could believe because he went to Jesus. Apparently he had areas of doubt, in which which he asked Jesus for help. How many of us have done the same thing? I have! Thank God we have someone who will help our unbelief–Jesus.
My experiences with unbelief
When we lost our daughter, I questioned if God really existed. I was in time of doubt, but I went to Him to ask questions. Although I didn’t get direct answers to some of the questions, I got peace. I believe God loves us. I believe God loved my daughter even more than we did. Thankfully, the heavy time of asking a lot of questions didn’t last a long time!
I became disillusioned with a minister that I looked up to. After the hurtful experience, I questioned what I believed. Doubting had kicked in and I needed help again! I remembered imperfect people of God in an imperfect world are going to miss it (I sure do)! No matter what, God still wants us to believe HIM. We must realize PEOPLE (ministers or not) will let us down!
In my time of questioning, I still went to God and talked to Him about those doubts. Thank God He has a way of answering and calming our heart cries for answers!
The disciple Thomas had an issue with unbelief
Most Christians can remember the teaching about doubting Thomas. Jesus had died and the other disciples had seen appearances of Him afterwards except for Thomas. They told him the good news, but he said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” His remark to me was a ‘I believe; help my unbelief’ response. Jesus knew exactly what Thomas had said, and a week later he confronted him. Jesus approached Thomas dead center of his doubt.
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
It’s fine to admit our unbelief, but don’t stay in it. Jesus told Thomas to quit doubting and believe.
God, we believe, but help our unbelief!
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