Lord, Help My Unbelief

God sees. God hears. God answers.

God sees when we are down and we are so deep in pain and trouble that we can’t see heaven. When we are in the valley of the shadow of death, God not only sees us there but He sets a table for us in the valley (Psalm 23:5), He brings manna from heaven (Exodus 16), and He brings bread and meat in the mouths of birds both day and night (1 Kings 17:6) to provide sustenance to us. For God knows we have need of these things (Matthew 6:31–34).

When the children of Israel were trapped between Pharaoh and the Red Sea, they told Moses it would be better to serve the Egyptians than to die there and they asked him were there no graves in Egypt? (Exodus 14:10–12). Moses told them to be still and have faith that the Lord would rescue them (Exodus 14:13–14). When Moses reflected the fears of the people to God, God answered and said, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15). God wanted them to walk through valley of the shadow of death under His hand and be rescued. God saw their fear and doubts and worry and lack of faith, and assured them they were not alone. The power of the promise of His presence lies in the fact that for His name’s sake (Psalm 106:8; Ezekiel 20:9), God can see past our fears and doubts (Psalm 106:7). He acts for our good so that His mercy and grace may be known to us and to others in this life.

Life hurts, and in times of failure do you ever wonder if God hears? Does He see? Does He care? The Bible says to have faith, and it also says hope deferred makes the heart sick. How are those two things squared? How can you have faith when your heart is sick? Lord, Help My Unbelief reviews some of the famous stories in the Bible with a focus on the human pain within these stories and how God actually sees our pain and doubts and fears and works with them, and in them, to prove His love for us and to make our lives better.

Lord, Help My Unbelief proposes that God’s heart and hand are shown to be practical and can be counted on in times of need. In times of trouble, it is less about our faith and more about His faithfulness in the process of time. The heart is made sick in the middle of that process, but in God’s time that longing of the heart is fulfilled by the root of the tree of life.

March 29, 2024, Good Friday, interview with Julie Edwards who is a producer and host of NBC affiliate WRCB Local 3 Plus You.

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Christian life includes accepting the truth that Jesus, the Son of God, came not to judge but to save and have mercy.

Jesus is the living Word of God (John 1:14) and He came to earth. As dramatically shown in The Chosen, Jesus came to earth, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, to find us in our pain and to rescue us saying, “But now thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.'” (Isaiah 43:1)

A man stands before the Spirit of Wisdom and debates if God is good. He tells Wisdom he judges God as not being good. Wisdom shows him he judges without knowledge but God loves him enough to show him why he is wrong. All of God’s children are worthy of love regardless of the evil they do. Wisdom tells him that as long as free will exists, evil will always find a way in. Rather than seeing any of His children justly punished to hell, God said to the demands of Justice for evil done, take Me instead. Thus Jesus on the cross. Jesus is the way out of hell.

 

A man stands before God and asks where were you when I needed you. He accuses God of leaving him like He left His Son. God says, I never left Him. What He did had a high cost for both of them. God says, “I never left Him, I never left you.” 

 

A woman washes Jesus’s feet with her hair and tears (Luke 7:36-50)

“Neither do I condemn thee, Go and sin no more.” Jesus forgives the adulterous woman (John 7:53-8:11)

“Before Abraham was I AM.” Jesus declares: I AM the light of the world; the truth shall make you free (John 8:12-58)

Who do men say I am? (Matthew 16:13-19)

The Martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 7)

Stephen’s full speech (Acts 7)

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