“Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24.
Confidence implies full trust, belief in the power, authority, capability, trustworthiness, veracity or reliability of a person. To have confidence in God is to have faith in Him. Jesus commanded His disciples to “have faith in God” (Mark 11:22), because no matter how hopeless the circumstances may seem, no matter how impossible the case may look, God knows no impossibility (Matthew 19:26). God quickens the dead, calls those things which be not as though they were, and will perform whatever He promises (Romans 4: 17,21). He is the God that cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2), nor deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). His words and promises are forever settled (Psalm 119:89).
God is the Almighty (Genesis 17:1); He can do all things, and none of His purposes can be thwarted (Job 42:2). He is the everlasting God, the Lord, and Creator of the ends of the earth. He is neither tired nor weary (Isaiah 40:28), and His actions never contradict His holy, righteous nature (Revelations 15:4; Exodus 15:11).
Confidence in God is what qualifies us to be in constant fellowship with Him (Genesis 3:8). It manifests in full obedience to His laws (Genesis 2:16 – 17). Confidence in God is lost when sin comes in. Those influenced by sin will become confident in themselves, someone else, or something else. This is not God’s will for us. Lack of confidence in God is unbelief. Unbelief itself is sin (Hebrews 3:12); nay, it is the parent of every other iniquity (Charles Spurgeon, 1855). Show me a man possessed with the heart of unbelief and I will show you a man devoid of fellowship with God. Relationship with God is not about what we profess alone, it is more about our absolute trust in God. Unbelief means disobedience and distrust. It is the opposite of faith. Unbelief restraints our spiritual walk and impedes our progress. It is a spiritual cancer that only God can cure (Mark 9:24). It is the sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1).
The sin of unbelief led to the death of one aristocrat in 2 Kings 7:19. Through Elisha the prophet, God had promised plenty in the midst of Israel’s food crisis. Despite the fact that Elisha was well known to be God’s prophet; had divine credentials; and had all his past prophecies fulfilled, the noble did not believe his declaration. His doubt of the divine veracity and mistrust of God’s power had fatal consequence.
We are not to cast away our confidence because confidence in God is always rewarding (Hebrews 10:35 – 36). Yet when in need, danger or difficulty, we always forget the fact that it is in Him we have our being (Acts 17:28), and lose our confidence in God. This ought not to be so! This is the time to reconnect and renew our confidence in God. Let us do so solemnly and humbly, asking Jesus, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Only God can help us believe the way, manner and level we ought to. One of the paradoxes of our faith is that we must be weak to become strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). We must ask for His grace and mercy at this time of need. Faith, humility and patience will help us rediscover His tender mercies. Cast not away your confidence in God!