Monday Devotional: Help me overcome my unbelief!

Airborne School First Jump of school

Leap of Faith

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

“Thinking can turn toward itself 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 favors 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. These questions are often embedded in our logical thinking minds trying to work out our faith.

This one piece of scripture is one of my favorite because I can so relate to the boy’s 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 perfect 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 often pray to God, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Like the farmer who has planted his crop and is 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; while one crop is weak, they have something. But if the weather is terrible, they can lose it all. 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. If something terrible happens, you have a cushion to pay all your bills for six months.

Let’s just be honest. Many of us are often having life happen, and we are looking at our bills and see the revenue stream 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, you are like most humans. While some may have the financial resources, they are lacking something. They, too, feel desperate for different reasons.

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

Proverbs 19:21

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

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, walks with us, and wants the best for us.

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