Last night when I cried out to the Lord – and oh did I cry – He gave me an answer to my question. How simple it was. “Believe.” At the tail end of the one of the hardest years of my life, with one great loss after tragedy after another, I see now what happened on my faith walk.
Have you ever wondered in the midst of lost or drastically reduced faith exactly what happened? Why did you stop believing? In my case, I know. And the answer is biblical.
I stopped believing because I got swallowed up in my circumstances. In the eye of a storm that seemed it would never end, not ever, I took my eyes off Jesus Christ. I placed them firmly on – my circumstances. And just like people throughout the Bible, without the Lord, guess what. I stopped believing.
The Bible says: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor 4:18 KJV).”
Why did I stop believing? Why did God need to remind me last night that He wants me to believe? When the enemy threw one horrible thing after another in my direction, I did what Eve did in the garden. I set my eyes and thoughts exactly where the enemy wanted – off my God, and on the enemy’s hell.
I forgot that the hard stuff is only temporal. God is eternal.
It is not enough to know why I stopped believing. The next step is to seek the Lord’s forgiveness for taking my eyes off Him, for not trusting Him, and to return my eyes and heart to the Creator of all.
Why did you stop believing?