"For even his own brothers did not believe in him."
As I read and studied this week the lessons for James, I kept coming back to the unbelieving household of Jesus family. I sense that we may all be like Beth Moore, in wanting to know more! Tell us what it was like in their house. What did they do for fun? Did they fight like normal brothers and sisters? How did Jesus act when he was in a quarrel with family members? Did his mother not sit the family down around the dinner table and explain to them who Jesus was? Yet, we're told in several places that his brothers did not believe. They even scoffed and made fun of him, inferring that he was crazy. The whole scenario just does not make any sense to me! Can anyone else agree?
So if the people closest to Jesus did not believe he was the Son of God, does it surprise us that we have trouble going "all in" with our faith? Because we can believe in some of those big promises from God, but do we really believe all of them? Does our life reflect a person who chooses to go "all in" with God, placing our entire trust, well being, decisions, and life in the hands of the Almighty Father? Or is easier to hand over only those things in life that we feel we can't handle? Do we run to the Father only in those instances when life has gotten over our head and we need a hand out of the hole we have dug for ourselves?
Let's decide to be like Abraham. He set a high example for all of us:
"Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." Romans 4:20
I am guilty. Some promises I can repeat over and over in my head and truly believe them, like Jeremiah 29:11, but others I can read and not truly take them to heart, like Ephesians 3:20,
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations."
More than we ask or imagine.
Are you "all in"?
What would it take for you this week to be "all in"? How different would life look if we pushed every area of our life into the Father, and said, YES, I am all in!
Would you share with us today an area of your life that you need to turn over to Jesus that you have been in unbelief?
We'd love to know how God has been stirring your soul this week through the study!
"Everything is possible for him who believes." Mark 9:23