Why do we find it so hard to believe God’s Word sometimes? We trust Him for our salvation. But what about other things like healing, provision, and protection? Why do some obstacles look bigger than others?
When Jesus rose from the dead, we find that the disciples struggled with the same issues that we do. You may want to read Mark 16:1-14 before continuing with this post.
The morning that Jesus rose from the dead, some women went to the tomb to finish the embalming process. When they arrived, they found that the stone was rolled away from the entrance. Even more astounding was the angel that was sitting inside the tomb, apparently waiting for them.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'”
They received one of the most glorious messages in history. But instead of the joy it should have brought them, it only made them afraid. As a matter of fact, the next 6 verses tell of the most doubt-filled, unbelieving time in the lives of the Lord’s followers.
The women, themselves, were too afraid to tell anybody about what the angels had told them. Mary Magdalene actually saw and talked to the risen Lord. Yet no one would believe her. Others saw and spoke to the risen Christ, but nobody believed them either.
Why is it so hard to believe that God can do the impossible? It’s probably because we look at things through the eyes of our experiences. That’s why we find it easy to believe God to heal our headache, but cancer seems too big an issue.
The Lord had something to say about it to the disciples.
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
Jesus rebuked them for two things. The first was unbelief. That’s normal for us as humans. There will always be a level of unbelief that resides in our flesh – even when we’re trusting God.
The key is in the next word that Jesus used. The phrase, stubborn refusal is literally hard-hearted in the Greek. They had closed their hearts to the truth.
We know that faith comes by hearing God’s Word. The problem was that when they heard the Word of testimony from those who saw Christ, they refused to let that truth enter their heart. If they had, it would have produced the faith that could overcome their unbelief.
We need to learn this lesson. Open your heart to God’s Word. Even if it sounds impossible. Even if your experience tells you that there’s no way for God to accomplish it. Put that Word into your heart and let it grow and produce the fruit of faith in your life.
Our God can do the impossible – we simply have to trust Him for it.
Question: What have you seen God do for you that you originally thought was impossible?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi