Today, I want to talk a bit about having faith in God, a hard subject for many of us including myself. There is no doubt we believe in God and that’s why we came to him, but our faith I believe is limited only to the things we can understand. Even so, we are not without hope, Jesus said we are to ask and if we ask, we shall receive. But after looking honestly in my heart, I come to believe the reason we are not having the things we ask for, is simply because we do not believe.
But what will it take for us to truly believe the way Jesus wants us to believe? I believe it will take us down the road of truly spending time with God? Jesus often encouraged us to believe and promise if we should ask anything in his name, we shall have it. Jesus did not place a limit on what we can ask for, he said, “anything,” but only if we believe. It is true, God wants us to have the things we asked for, but I believe the problem is that we truly do not believe.
To help us, Jesus tells us this story, “Luke 18:2-6 “There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward, he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubled me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.”
The point Jesus is making is that we must never give up coming to him because by doing so we will, in the end, receive what we ask of the Lord. It may take some time for us to receive what we ask for, but we must in practice wear the Lord out until he moves on our behalf. Never say he will not hear us and walk away, we must keep on going to the Lord until he moves and when he moves our faith in him will grow.
It is difficult to believe someone we were in rebellion against for years, someone now telling us to ask anything in his name, and we believe has never helped us in some ways we find difficult. This is only human, and the Lord understands this, and because he understands, he told us James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraided not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers are like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” When we go to God, we must not waver, God is telling us what to do that we might receive our request because to waver is to be tossed about by the sea.
The root cause of the matter is trusting God, it is a matter of knowing God has forgiven us and that we are in good standing with God because this also can be a problem why we fail to go to God in faith. We may know God has forgiven us, but even so, we do not feel worthy to go before God and ask him for anything. And because of this approach, we ask but without expectation of receiving because we feel unworthy and because of this unworthiness, we waver in our faith in God; in other words, we do not believe we will receive what we ask for because of our shortcomings in the faith.
We believe and ask God only for the things we can do ourselves and can believe humanly, but seem to always forget that God is the Creator of life on earth and is the maintainer of life, it is not that we do not believe in God, we are simply limited in what we can believe because we are failing to step out in deeper waters.