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Today's Devotional Reading
Faith In Faith

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Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?"
"From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything take pity on us and help us."
"If you can?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief (Mk. 9:21-24).

We are faced all too often with difficult situations in which we believe more in our ability to doubt than in God's ability to work in spite of our doubts. For in the midst of certain events we cross our fingers and hope that our faith will outlast our circumstances, and it seems that the tighter we try to hang on to our faith the more difficult it becomes. For in reality, as we fear losing faith we have in essence already began to doubt. The doubt grows--our faith weakens--and we react. And then it is time to pick up the pieces.
For some of us, that is when the real trouble begins. That is when we begin to analyze what went wrong, and we try to determine where we messed up. We might begin to think, "If only my faith were stronger. . ." or "If only I could have" done this or done that. This is the time we begin to list out all of the possible errors, blame ourselves for messing up, and then determine we are hopeless.
Perhaps it would be good at this point to remind ourselves which of us is God. Though it is not us who are God, one might think that we think it is. For you see, we act as though we have so much power over all of our circumstances. We take all of our scenarios in hand and determine all of the ways we have changed the course of our lives. We act as though God's will changes and is conditional--as though the administration of His will in our lives is directly proportional to our performance.
What we must keep in mind is that anything we do, or don't do; any amount of faith we have or lack, or any direction we choose never surprises our Lord. He is quite aware when we are about to make a mistake, and He knows when and where our faith is going to give out. But rather than steer us away from such catastrophe He has chosen to take us through it.
God is not sitting up in Heaven looking down at us and shaking His head in frustration--saying to Himself, "There he goes again. What am I going to do now." The point is that God is greater than our mistakes and is more than able to keep us on a path He has chosen for us if we veer off from time to time because we have misread His purpose in and around a particular event, and regarding His will. If our hearts are toward Him, if our desire is truly to serve Him and do His will, He will correct us and help us to get back on track--we just need to trust Him to do that. For our faith is not placed in our ability to believe, but in His ability to help us in the midst of our unbelief. In this we see the faith that moves mountains, because we know it is not our faith that moves the mountains, but Who we place our faith in.

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