“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”
Unbelief in the Living God is the root of evil. It is the breeding ground for sin, the cause of anxiety and fear, and the reason for the fall of man. The most difficult battle in this life is the battle to believe in the unseen God – And what we see throughout the world is a people suppressing the truth of God, which has been made plain to them (Romans 1:18-20).
One of the reasons we struggle to believe is because we fear. We fear the unknown, the unseen, and the uncertain. We fear humility, poverty, and death. But as believers, we should take the battle against unbelief seriously. We should press into the Lord as we fight through what Pastor John Piper calls “a holy or sacred schizophrenia.” A double-life. A wrestle between what is dead in us, and what is alive in us through Jesus. It’s a life amid opposition, denying ourselves to follow Jesus; denying the self that rejects the Word of God; the self that does not believe.
Yet, we do not do this on our own – And thank God for that. Our feeble attempts to believe would never be enough. Only through Christ and his Spirit are we able to attain a more perfect, more stable, and more living faith. It’s God’s great wisdom and love to reveal himself to his people and cause us to believe.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in thee.”
My exhortation is this: Know that we will fear and we will fail to believe. But let us look to the heavens in thanksgiving. We have the testimony of Scripture to teach us how to fight. We have the Spirit of God and the Savior of the world battling for us. When we understand this, that it is by Christ alone we overcome unbelief, we will begin to walk in the victory of belief which belongs to the Lord.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Might we persevere, trusting in God’s promises to sanctify us completely and blamelessly unto the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23).