None of us enjoy being found guilty of "unbelief", but all of us are at one time or another in life. Too many times I think people associate "unbelief" with atheists shouting horrible things at Christians or enemies of the cross ripping into the beliefs of church people. While "unbelief" may be manifested in these examples, the truth of the matter is that "unbelief" is simply what we display when we fail to believe God and His Word.
This morning my van would not start. It was not a battery problem for a new one was just put in two weeks ago. I didn’t know what the problem was but I immediately assumed it was going to result in a huge repair bill thus adding more pressure to an already difficult financial situation. However logical this was to think in such a way, it did not make it right. I confess that I allowed similar situation I just faced two days ago to influence my thinking and allow "unbelief" in the door.
"Unbelief" is very sly and subtle. It feigns itself to be just "common sense" or "rational thinking", but in reality it is slithering into our minds like a snake. It has one goal and that is to arouse doubts regarding the integrity of God’s Word in our minds. We simply cannot manifest faith and unbelief at the same time. It is not possible.
I called AAA this morning and while waiting for the tow truck to arrive, I had a chance to think about all the horrible things which could be found as the cause of the van not having any electricity. By the time the tow truck got here, I was sure my van would need to jacked up and a new vehicle placed under it. In other words, "unbelief" was having a good old time for sure.
Here is the secret the enemy doesn’t want believers to know. God looks on our hearts and not on our silly thought processes. He knows when we are REALLY manifesting "unbelief" and when we are just being influenced by the situation we are involved in. This morning proved this principle once again.
The tow truck driver reached in to turn on the lights in the van and found there were none. He said to pop the hood and for me to sit in the driver’s seat. By the time I got in the seat, the dome light was on. He said to start the van and without hesitation it STARTED. I shut it off and jumped out. I asked him if his name was "Jesus". He didn’t crack a smile.
It turns out that when the battery was installed recently, the kid forgot to tighten the bolt which resulted in the positive wire coming off. The result was a vehicle incapable of having any electricity. Once the bolt was tightened, it was as good as new. I did lose an AAA service call, but the store gave me a $25 gift card.
So, the moral of story is that as long as we are human we will occasionally manifest a lack of faith toward God and His Word. But, as long as it doesn’t turn into pure "unbelief", God is more than willing to still bless us and say what Jesus said to Peter after he walked on the water and then sank; "Why did you doubt". Our response should always be; "Lord help thou my unbelief".
We both remember the song "Look for the silver lining" which was, for all intents, not particularly "religious" - but it did point to the value of optimism that I suppose can be made up and called a positive attitude. None of this will hold up in a real crisis unless we credit all "good" things to the work of the Lord - however simple those things may appear to be. He is the God of the little as well as the profound. Thank you for your story... it makes us think. milt
Oh, I love this story! You are right, God does remember that we are but dust. Things like this just further remind me that God cares deeply for us... and He hears our every cry no matter how large or small the situation is.
Thanks for sharing B2Y.
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"Unbelief" is very sly and subtle. It feigns itself to be just "common sense" or "rational thinking", but in reality it is slithering into our minds like a snake. It has one goal and that is to arouse doubts regarding the integrity of God's Word in our minds. We simply cannot manifest faith and unbelief at the same time. It is not possible.
That is very true. Not only does unbelief affect ourselves, sometimes it causes us to influence others (wittingly or unwittingly) too by appealing to their "common sense" . May God forgive us for that.
Dear B2Y--So often, I am glib about quoting Romans 8:28 to others who are in straits of some sort. But the longer I live, the more I am convinced that it is intended for us to quote to ourselves when we trip over our own unbelief. A friend once advised me not to question in the dark what Giod has shown me in the light. That too makes more sense as I grow older and learn patience a bit more today than I knew it yesterday. Excellent blog, my brother, and a great illustration. ;) YBIChrist--Ron