Faith vs. Unbelief

“And without faith it is impossible to please God…”
—Hebrews 11:6

One great philosopher said that the greatest theme in all of history, which makes every other theme seem insignificant, is the great contest that has gone on from time immemorial between faith and unbelief. All conflicts in the world are really just variations of this big war.

This contest even happens at a small level each day. For example, you get up in the morning, get dressed, go out, and you meet someone. What do they say? They say, “How are you today?” Faith says, “I am redeemed, saved, justified, and sanctified. I am on my way to Paradise. I am fantastic.” But unbelief says, “Oh, pretty good, thank you.” But faith knows the answer. “God is doing wonderful things. He is not even finished with me yet. The greatest is yet to come.”

So faith and unbelief begin their war every day in your life. Unbelief might try to make us go back to bed for fear of the day that lies before us. But faith realizes that we can do all things through Christ. Paul tells Timothy to stand firm. He tells him, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).

The writer of Hebrews noted that without faith, it is impossible to please God. In this life, unbelief will rob us of many spiritual riches God wants to bestow on us. May He grant us faith to trust Him in all things.

Dear Lord, increase our faith. Give us strength for today to see who You are and what You have done in Christ. Forgive our unbelief. Lord, we do believe—help our unbelief…