It’s Christmas time and there are signs of it almost everywhere you go. I keep noticing a particular phrase in holiday decorations. The phrase is simply one word – “Believe.” And if that isn’t enough, there are even Christmas songs telling us to “believe.”
The phrase is catchy and even fun for children as they wait for Christmas to come. One day as I was walking through a store and saw a piece of wall art with this phrase, it occurred to me how God asks us to believe Him for many things all throughout His Word.
When you feel all is against you everywhere you turn, and nothing is going right for you, to the point you want to give up, just believe:
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
When your prayers are going unanswered, keep praying, trusting, seeking and believing God:
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
When you’re pressed on all sides to believe in something or someone else more than or instead of God, just believe God is who He says He is:
Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isaiah 43:10
It is comforting to know we can even confess to God we are having trouble believing:
I believe; help my unbelief! Mark 9:24 (ESV)
I remember sitting in a church service looking at the scriptures following the passage our pastor had just recited and my gaze froze on Luke 1:45:
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
I had written in my journal many promises from God and I knew immediately after reading this verse, God was reassuring me I would have my prayers answered. I just have to believe.
What are you believing God for?