Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fragile Faith

 

Some people have great Faith and no matter what may befall them, their Faith does not waver. It is as strong as ever.

Other people however are different. They believe alright, but at the first sign of difficulties they hesitate, and doubts take over, and shake their Faith somewhat.

How does God view these latter people? Does He despair, as Jesus did when His disciples hesitated and could not drive out a demon from a sick child? Matthew 17: 14-21.

Let’s imagine you’re a parent of several children. One of them is academically gifted and does well at his studies; he is also very athletic and excels at many sports. The other child is more pedestrian; a slow learner who is neither academically gifted nor interested in much in particular.

Do you love them equally? Do you pay as much care and attention to both? Do you encourage the gifted one more than the other? Or do you nurture and look after the slower child more to help him gain confidence and improve?

God loves us all equally; yet He knows our abilities and our limitations. He knows that some of us have a fragile Faith that may well falter under pressure. Yet, like Jesus, He may well raise His eyes to Heaven in frustration, but He never stops loving us. He never stops encouraging us to do better, and increase out trust in Him. He allows incidents to happen in our lives to give us an opportunity to trust Him more and more.

It’s the outright rebellious and disobedient He disapproves of – not the hesitant “tryer” who tries his best yet his weak Faith lets him down.

“I believe, Lord; help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24.

12 comments:

  1. Yes, I believe God does love everyone equally, even sinners, but I've heard others who think God loves some of his children more than others.

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    1. Hi Ruth,

      It's great to see you visiting here. Thanx. We hope you return soon.

      It's not so much that God loves some of His children MORE than others, but He loves them differently. He loves them according to their needs and requirements. Same as we would do to our children if they were different - only better.

      God bless you Ruth.

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  2. God is the author of love---and though He loves us equally--He may treat us differently based upon our needs. Some of us are more needy than others for sure! His grace is sufficient and he supplies our needs---but some may require more frequent and larger doses of grace and our needs depend upon our circumstance. ALL that to say---God is who God is---and He does NOT change. HE is love!

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    1. Thanx Melanie. It's great to see you visiting again. Thanx.

      God bless.

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  4. Nice post, Victor. Reminds me of the prodigal son for some reason. In any case, we are very lucky He loves us so much. God Bless you.

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    1. Thanx Michael. Yes, like the prodigal son we come back to Him time and again after we have sinned.

      God bless you always.

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  5. Hi Victor! I like that example of the two children, it really hit home for me. I remember my parents telling me to 'try your best, that's all we can ask', and I think God is the same. Most of the time it's not the product that's the most important, it's the effort.

    Nice to see you again!
    Ceil

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    1. It's great to see you here again, Ceil. I hope you had a nice time with your family.

      Yes, God loves us the same, only different. He loves us according to our needs.

      May He bless you and yours always.

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  6. ((( God loves us all equally; yet He won't take less than our Love.

    Right Victor #1?

    http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/2014/08/lets-watch-doctor-who/

    God Bless

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    1. He loves us and invites us to love Him back; freely, no coercion.

      God bless.

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