DayBreaks for 08/20/13 – How to Increase Our Faith
Luke 17:5-6 (NLT) The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.” 6 The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!
You have undoubtedly heard about those who recognize their need for patience, but who refuse to ask God to give them patience because they believe that if they do, God will send hardship into their lives to help them have patience! I can somewhat identify with that.
I have found myself on numerous occasions faced with the reality of my “little” and weak faith. I, at times, am also afraid to ask God to give me more faith because I suspect that it means He’d put me into some situations that demand faith and I won’t like it. At least, my human nature tells me to respond that way.
When the disciples ask Jesus how they could increase their faith, he didn’t really answer them. He instead spoke about how just a little faith can do great things. Perhaps his point is that we need to exercise our faith and when we see the great things God does as a result, our faith will grow.
But is this the normal experience of Christians? Doesn’t it seem that often we ask God to do something for us but seldom see it happen? Perhaps instead of asking God to do things for us, we should be asking God to do something through us! That’s the point of faith anyway, for us to walk in faith, live in faith, breathe in faith…to take the first step into the Red Sea or the Jordan river at flood stage without knowing what God will do, but trusting Him to do something great.
We fear what it is that He might do. We think we may not like it. It may be uncomfortable, It may take us WAY outside of our comfort zone. All those things are possible. But when we get to the bottom line, we either trust that God is truly good and loving and won’t do anything to hurt His children….or not.
What will it be?
PRAYER: Lord, I tremble when I ask it, but I pray that You’ll help us increase our faith by exercising it and trusting You to not only catch us, but do something great for Your Kingdom through what little faith we can muster! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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