Our Struggles in the Area of Faith

By Frank King on Jan 14, 2021 11:38 pm

You can be a genuine Christian and still struggle at times with living by faith in the teachings and promises found in the Scriptures. My saying that is not intended to make light of that fact or to suggest that you should accept that and not challenge yourself in that area. We should always be striving to deepen and to grow in our faith in the Lord.

To grasp how real this subject is, we have only to look at the Lord’s disciples. They were with Him throughout His public ministry and saw the things He did and heard the things He taught. But at times they struggled to believe. We know that to be true because on several occasions, Jesus rebuked them because of their unbelief.

This subject is important because faith is the essence of effective Christian living. In other words, without faith, it’s impossible for us to effectively live the Christian life.

Consider these words by disciple Thomas after the other disciples came and told him the Lord had appeared to them after His body resurrection: “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25, KJV).

So, Thomas has laid it on the line: There is but one condition upon which he will believe that Jesus has risen. He was not going to believe Jesus had risen just because He said He was going to. He was not even going to believe just because the other disciples said they had recently seen Him.

To put this in proper context, remember that while Jesus was with His disciples, on a number of occasions, He told them in advance He would be crucified and then that He would rise from the dead. Well, they saw Him being crucified, just like He said He would be. And since He was right about that, their thinking should have been that He was probably right about the other thing—that is, that He would rise again.

And now the other disciples come to Thomas and say we have seen the Lord; not dead but alive. They were corroborating what Jesus had foretold them which was that He would rise again. Seems as though all this evidence would have erased all doubt. But not for Thomas.

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