I have often found it easier to believe God’s promises as long as I don’t expect him to answer them.
Don’t get me wrong. I would never admit that I don’t expect him to answer.
But deep down, if truth be known, I’ve taught myself to keep my expectations low, to make sure I don’t get burned, to guard against deep disappointment.
It’s safer to live that way.
I suppose it’s because somewhere along the way I believed God would do something, and He didn’t. I prayed, and He didn’t answer.
So little by little, a wedge was formed, a wedge that grew until it became the new normal.
Of course I still do my part: I believe. And if God doesn’t answer, well then at least we know whose fault that is…
When did faith get this complicated?
I came across Luke 1:45 yesterday, and it stopped me in my tracks. It’s about Mary, the mother of Jesus. It says:
“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Mary didn’t just believe in a “it’s great if it happens, but I’m ok if it doesn’t” kind of way.
Mary believed that God’s specific promises to her would be fulfilled.
She believed that she, a virgin, would conceive.
She believed that a Savior, Jesus, would be born.
She believed that what God had spoken would come to pass.
She believed though others did not.
She believed though it seemed absurd to believe.
She believed against all odds.
She believed with every expectation of an answer!
How’s your faith holding up these days?
Are you letting past disappointments and fear of the future dim your belief? Or is your faith resting completely in God’s sure promises?
Look – every promise God has made is going to be fulfilled – even when you don’t see it, even when it looks ridiculous, and even if you’re having a hard time believing it right now.
I guess the question is: What are you so afraid to believe God for?
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