Monday Devotional: Help me overcome my unbelief!

Airborne School First Jump of school

Leap of Faith

A leap of faith is the act of believing in or accepting something outside of the boundaries of reason.

“Thinking can turn toward itself in order to think about itself and skepticism can emerge. But this thinking about itself never accomplishes anything.” Søren Kierkegaard says thinking should serve by thinking something. Kierkegaard wants to stop “thinking’s self-reflection” and that is the movement that constitutes a leap. He’s against people thinking about religion all day without ever doing anything. But he’s also against external shows and opinions about religion and in favor of the internal movement of faith. He says, “where Christianity wants to have inwardness, worldly Christendom wants outwardness, and where Christianity wants outwardness, worldly Christendom wants inwardness.” – Wikipedia

I am part of a Sunday School class where we love to ask those taboo questions. The questions which are really often embedded in our logical thinking minds of trying to work out our faith.

This one piece of scripture is one of my most favorite, because I can so relate to the boys father talking to Jesus.

Mark 9:23-25

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is just something I will probably never do. Watching my son jump at Fort Benning was something to behold.

Airborne School First Jump of school

As a freelancer I continue to find like all business owners that I am often praying to God, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Like the farmer who has planted his crop and to be caught in a draught is how many freelancers feel. How will I feed my family and what will I do?

Most farmers plant different crops in different fields and while one crop is weak they have something. But if the weather is really bad they can lose it all. This is why farmers learn to store up during those great times to weather the bad times.

This is why all accountants tell their customers to have six months of reserves saved. This way if something bad happens you have a cushion to pay all your bills for six months.

Let’s just be real. Many of us are often having life happen and we are looking at our bills and seeing the revenue stream just doesn’t seem like it is there. We are doing all we can to cut down on those expenses.

If you are in this position then you are like most of mankind. While some may have the financial resources they are lacking something. They too feel desperate for different reasons.

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

I am always looking into the future to see how it will meet the needs of the present. I can never really see the future like God. The hardest thing for me to do is to put my trust in God, who knows the future.

God wants me to be working each day and doing something. Faith is not sitting and letting God do it all, but trusting that he is with us and walks with us and wants the best for us.

Pray today, Dear Lord, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!