Believe. A popular word during the holiday season especially with children and their parents. The elf on the shelf watches and reports to the big guy, so believe.
As the calendar turns to 2018, I chose Believe as my guide word for the New Year. Years ago, I moved passed the struggle of belief in Santa and reindeer. Now, my head and heart engage in a tug-of-war of higher and holier beliefs.
I read and believe God’s Holy Word. I believe in six-day Creation, Noah’s Ark, Moses’ exodus, David’s Goliath, Esther’s and Ruth’s courage, and Elijah’s chariot of fire.
I believe in the Virgin Birth and the Holy Resurrection. I believe in Paul’s conversion through John’s Revelation.
I battle how to live according to these beliefs? How to live a life empowered by the same strength, same courage, same faith as Noah, Moses, David, Esther, Ruth, Elijah, Paul, and John? How to step out and act boldly?
Too often fear, worry, and disbelief cloud and confuse. I waver and doubt. Dare I ask Jesus to show me His nail prints? Jesus isn’t surprised by my struggles. He knows ‘me of little faith’ and loves me still.
In Mark 9, a father with an impure spirit-possessed son asked Jesus’ disciples for healing. They could not, so the father pleaded his case to Jesus.
“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” Mark 9:19 (NIV)
Before Jesus commanded the deaf and mute spirit to leave, the father spoke words of truth.
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 (NIV)
Those words are my prayer for 2018: I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.
Help me believe I am loved with an outrageous love of another kind, believe I am here for a unique purpose, and believe I am a chosen daughter of the King.
When unbelief threatens my belief, I will cling to Jesus’ words.
“Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 (NIV)