BY Diana Stone
Text: Hebrews 11:1-40, Mark 9:24
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
– Hebrews 11:6
“I believe; help my unbelief!”
– Mark 9:24b
This year we read my 4-year-old daughter the Easter story from her children’s Bible. As we neared the end, I could see her looking at me with wide eyes. She said, “Wow mama, that’s a sad story.”
I agreed, but reminded her that it truly had a happy ending. I added, “And it’s true, this all really happened to Jesus a long time ago.”
At that point, I think her little mind truly exploded trying to comprehend it all.
She wasn’t the only one. Since then, I’ve remembered the look on her face and wonder how often in life it’s reflected on mine. When you start to dig into the Bible, or find yourself sharing your faith with a friend, is there ever a moment you think, “Wait, is this really true? Because it sounds a little unbelievable.”
Don’t we all have those moments? Something in our lives blindsides us and we wonder, Is what I believe really the truth? Our faith is shaken, and our minds wander to the possibility of no God, no heaven, no purpose.
Faith is more than raising up your hands and praising God for when things work out the way you wanted them to. Faith steps in during those quiet moments of doubt. When it doesn’t make sense, faith is there. It was the same way for so many before us, who didn’t see their promise or the ending coming, and lived by faith still. “He (Moses) regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” (Hebrews 11:26)
Many have gone before us, with nothing but the words from God to guide them along paths that seemed impossible. They may have had their doubts, they all stumbled and continued to sin, but the distinguishing mark in their lives was the clear sign of steadfast faith. It overruled the doubt from themselves and others.
Press on, Sisters. Stay the course, no matter the doubt that creeps in (like it does for each of us at some point!). Turn your eyes to Christ and hold fast to His promises.