Mark 1:40-41 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”
I have never doubted God’s ability to heal, provide, deliver, speak, direct etc.
But I’ve discovered something that has entirely shifted my faith and spiritual (and emotional) experience.
It’s not His ability that so many struggle with. It’s His willingness.
Just recently I was venting to someone about a few things. I expressed frustration that I still sometimes have doubts. Over and over I’ve been meditating on this…
Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
All things are possible with God.
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
It seemed no matter how much I thought and prayed about His omnipotence, I was still struggling. God gave me two simple things I want to share with you. It’s basic but yet, once it’s settled in you, it will be absolutely life changing.
1. First, we walk by faith not sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
I have been recently studying Genesis, especially Abraham. This verse pierces me every time…
Genesis 15:6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
He believed the Lord. That was counted as righteousness.
Later on scripture records both Abraham and Sarah, respectively, laughing at the thought of them having a biological son in old age. But yet Abraham still believed God. I spent time in prayer and thought as to why I have battled so much with doubt. The answer: knowing God is love.
There will be times when our experiences don’t seem to line up with God’s promises. Our feelings and what we see with human eyes doesn’t always reconcile with what we read on the Bible pages.
We must believe God. He is faithful and trustworthy.
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
This brings me to the second point.
2. The “I can” is connected to the “I will.”
Abraham believed the Lord because he understood that in His ability was His willingness and purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
He can and does because He desires to.
God is love (see 1 John 4:8.)
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Abraham, having lived prior to Jesus, didn’t have the example and understanding we have. We can look back at the cross. But, He understood God was just. Holy. And merciful. We have something more.
We know God will because He is love and love gives.
That revelation right there quite literally had me weeping tears of gratitude and wanting to shout praise.
Did you catch it?
God’s ways aren’t ours (see Isaiah 55:9.) His will may come answered in a different kind of wrapping paper and bow than we expected. But God does answer our prayers and He does desire to give us good things. He wants us healed, whole, at peace, with joy, prospering, emulating Messiah, and walking in love and obedience.
Some answers are fulfilled in this life and some aren’t complete until eternity.
But He will. He does.
Today, I want to stir your faith. Know when you come to God in prayer that God is love and love gives. He wants to give. He has already given so much to you. And He’ll keep on giving. It’s who He is.
Lay that pain, that need, that impossible situation at His feet.
Instead of praying, “If You will” say instead, “Thank You Father that You want to give me good things according to Your will and purpose. I praise You for the answer that’s already on the way.”
Be still and hear Abba say, “I will.”