Trusting--What Hold’s Us Back?

As I was reading this morning in Acts chapter 2 about the crippled man who was healed at the gate called Beautiful, I am astonished at when (a miracle) that amazing takes place and is witnessed with our own eyes that some believe and others don’t.

I can’t help but wonder as I search my own soul and heart as to why sometimes we believe and at other times we don’t. You would think wouldn’t you that if we believe, we should believe all the time? Why are there times when it is easier to believe God for something and others times when it seems more difficult? Especially, when we have witnessed with our own eyes and in our own lives as well as in the lives of others miracles that have taken place.

 It appears at times that it is to easy for us to judge others for not believing, when at the same time we also struggle with times of unbelief in our own lives. In chapter 4 of Acts, the priests and the captain of the temple guard come’s up to Peter and John while they are speaking and are greatly disturbed because they are proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.

 Verse 8, Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel; it is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

 They could not deny (the miracle) that had happened to the cripple but at the same time they are threatened by the healing and the name of Jesus. So what do they do? They say, we cannot deny it but we must stop this from spreading any further among the people and we must stop them from speaking in his name. Isn’t it sad that they were threatened by something that was good? It would make sense if it was something bad but that was not the case, and it is also just as true today.

  As I reflect in my own life why there are times when I to struggle with doubt and unbelief, when I also have experienced miracles in the Name of Jesus, I ask the question, what holds me back from believing, what gets in the way?

 Well, for one, I believe it is FEAR; the fear of letting go. This is difficult to do especially when anyone of us at any given time may feel like we are drowning. This means letting go of all control and when we are drowning it is instinct to fight to get to the surface. It is in our human nature! This is what we must overcome when we believe and trust!

 To let go is to fully trust in Jesus, not by trusting in the strength within ourselves to bail ourselves out of a situation or fix a problem, or make ourselves well, but it is in the Name of Jesus. The Apostles were continually learning this lesson in their ministry as we also learn this lesson of complete trust in Jesus in our own lives. May we encourage each other at times as we also stretch our spiritual muscles in this same journey of total trust and belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus. I know it is worth the journey! 

Blessings, Dee

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