Faith in God is a matter of great importance to us and to God. When it is expected of us to have little faith and fail to do so it becomes a great disappointment and often in dealing with his people it calls for a rebuke.
This became evident when Jesus’ disciples failed to uphold the faith ought to have gained by being with Jesus in doing what they have been called to do effectively. They instead failed reasons being lack of faith. Jesus rebuked them by telling them “…O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.” Matt 17:17 (KJV) The display of faithlessness is not something good for professed believers and followers of Christ. It draws people backward and hampers their spiritual growth.
When people who professed to follow God failed in their faith in Him, they provoked his anger. Why would such people continually consider themselves God’s followers yet lack faith to prove their professed claim of faith? “God’s anger flared up against them, and He killed some of their best men. He struck down Israel’s choice young men. Despite all this, they kept sinning and did not believe His wonderful works.” Ps 78:31, 32 (KJV)
Our professed faith in God should grow and demonstrate in small and even greater things. When we see God’s greater acts of care and love to us that we did not expect, we react with doubts instead of thanks giving and acknowledgment of God’s greatness. Jews expected the coming of messiah and when he came they did not believe. Zacharias who knew of God’s goodness and had lived his life hoping for God’s miracles in his life yet his reaction to the news was with disbelief that he will become a father to one who will prepare the way of the Lord. He doubted the news and God’s reaction was “thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.” Luke 1:20 (KJV)
When we allow disbelief to settle in the results would be disobedience and sin. Just like it happened with Adam and Eve they allowed disbelief to come in and the result is the fallen world. “It was distrust of God’s goodness, disbelief of His word, and rejection of His authority, that made our first parents transgressors, and that brought into the world a knowledge of evil.” E. G. White (Education p.25). You can now see why God does not take lightly our disbelief or our lack of faith for him.
The spiritual bottom-line is faith in God. It is faith that draws us to God expecting to find solution for our sins and hopelessness of life. We cannot enjoy the abundance of God’s grace while approaching him with disbelief and faithlessness. Doubts acts as barrier for spiritual growth and to receiving the full measure of God’s blessings intended for us.
By A. Eliamani



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