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Trusting Strangers, Doubting God

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Matthew 28:16-17 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I allowed a total stranger to place a drill into my mouth.

I’d been having a problem with a tooth for several weeks. Eventually, I stopped ignoring it and made a dental appointment. The dentist, who had just joined the dental group, examined my tooth and discovered a loose filling that needed replacing. With several sharp and noisy instruments, she began the procedure. Afterward, she gave me instructions and told me to return in a few weeks.

Later, it dawned on me how much we trust total strangers. I had never met this woman, yet I let her perform an uncomfortable procedure. We hop onto airplanes and into taxis operated by people we’ve never met. Complete strangers come into our homes to maintain our furnaces and install appliances. We take medicines prepared by people we don’t know.

So why do we have a hard time trusting God or believing a promise He’s given? Jesus’ disciples felt this tension. They encountered Jesus on a mountain after His resurrection. Although the risen Savior was in their presence, some doubted.

Our tendency to favor the material and natural over the immaterial and supernatural is a barrier to trusting God consistently. God knows this and has given us a resource to combat our tendency: faith. Jesus talked about its power often: “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 HCSB).

Tiny faith does mighty things–even the tough stuff like trusting God in difficult circumstances or continuing to believe Him for a promise you’ve been awaiting for years. Doing so isn’t easy, but possible. To His children, “God has distributed a measure of faith to each one” (Romans 12:3b HCSB).

Let God teach you how to trust Him in all situations. 

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Toni Samuels

Toni Samuels has worked in corporate communications at several Fortune 500 companies for more than twenty-five years, but her passion is to write for God’s purposes and to point people to Jesus Christ. She is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to begin this new chapter in her life, in which writing is not merely a profession but a ministry.