Sometimes we think it’s the strength of our faith that gets things from God. This just isn’t the case.
Jesus said we only need faith the size of a mustard seed. Remember the story about the man who’s son was afflicted by a demon? He said “I believe; help my unbelief.” Jesus didn’t say, “Is that the best you got? Do you think I’m going to heal your son when you have such flimsy faith? Come back when you really believe.” No, Jesus said, “I can work with that!” Jesus responded to his weak faith and healed his son.
Faith is like a power cord that plugs into a wall socket. The cord itself has no power. The cord is thin and flimsy and weak. But when we plug it in it taps into the vast resources of the electric company, which has more than enough power, vast power, far more than we need to run our vacuum sweeper or circular saw.
Our flimsy weak faith connects us to the ultimate power source, Jesus Christ.
It’s not the strength of our faith that matters, but the strength of the One our faith connects to. Next time you pray for something and you feel weak in faith, keep your eyes on Jesus, not your faith. Keep your eyes on the One who spoke and it came to be, who sustains the universe by the word of his power. Keep your eyes on the One who told the wind and the waves to be still and they obeyed. Remember his vast power and infinite love for you.
He can work with our flimsy faith.
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