Doubt

Posted: July 21, 2012 in Messages

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Read: Mark 6:30-44

In the Gospel Reading, we learned how Christ provided to the masses with the little he had.  This is one of the better known miracles of Jesus, with feeding the 5000 with just 5 loaves and 2 fish and with 12 baskets of food to spare.

Jesus was teaching the disciples about compassion.  However, the disciples were not quick to learn these lessons.  At first they didn’t want to be bother by the needs of the people.  It was too much of an inconvenience.  They doubted that with limited resources that they could provide for these families.  These were the men who ate with Jesus, walked with Jesus and witness miracles.  However, they couldn’t wrap their minds around the fact that all these people could be fed.  Yet they were through the miracle of Christ.

Let’s take a look at our own lives.  How many times in our lives have we worried about whether or not we are going to be able to pay our mortgage, our rent, how are we going to provide for our families.  However, time and time again our needs are met. How many times have we been faced with illnesses and Diseases?  How many times have we witness a friend or family member suffer through health issues.  Yet God performs his miracles and eases the pain and cures.  Despite all he has done and provided for us.   We still don’t put our faith and trust in him.

Because our lack of faith and doubt in Jesus we lose sight of the fruits that God has bestowed upon us.  God wants what is best for us.  However, our doubt and lack of faith blinds us.  The disciples questioned how they would feed all these people.  Despite their doubt Jesus provided for the 5000.

A few weeks ago in our Sunday lessons we heard about a woman (Mark 5:25-34) who for 12yrs she had a disease that caused her continues bleeding. She spent all her money on doctor visits, but she grew worse. Due to her condition she was banned from worshiping. Yet she held on to her faith and believed that God would cure her even though the doctors stated otherwise.  In the scripture it states she believed that by touching Jesus’ clothes she would be healed.  She was not healed because of the simple act of touching his clothes, she was healed because she had no doubt that this man, Jesus the Messiah could free her from her suffering.

When we are finding ourselves doubting and disbelieving we should look upon Him for guidance and say yes Lord I believe, help me overcome my unbelief. So he will draw us back to Him. I am reminded of a skit that my wife and I discovered several years ago called Everything.  In this skit there is a young girl that is faced with many evils, from drunkenness to suicide.  As the demons haunt her, Jesus tries to draw her back to him.  When she finally can’t take it anymore she drops on her knees and prays.  Jesus then appears to her and fights the demons away.

God provides and protects us. As believers, through His word and His Sacraments we are constantly reminded that his yoke is light, to cast our cares upon him that he is Our Lord, Our God the Great I AM.   When Christ shed his blood on the cross not only did he take the sins of the world but he also took our doubt, frustrations and worries. He took our burden onto himself so that we can rely on him.

It may not always be the way we want it but God provides and he has a greater plan for all of us.  It may not be visible to the human eye but evident to the faithful heart.  He gives us what we need because of his love for us.  So brothers and sisters let us seek God so that our faith increase and our doubts decrease through the help of the Holy Spirit.

I leave you with the lyrics to a song called Everything by Lifehouse:

You are the light that’s leading me to the place

Where I find peace again

You are the strength that keeps me walking

You are the hope that keeps me trusting

You are the life to my soul

You are my purpose

You’re my everything.

May the peace of God which passes all human understanding fill our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

Amen.

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