My struggles over the past few days have been that of my unbelief. Not in God, not in my Lord, Jesus Christ, but in myself. It’s an unbelief that questions, “Why does God really care or want to help me?”
Right now, to be honest, my only problems in life are money problems. I have no health problems, my family has no health problems, we have food to eat, a roof over our heads and yet I still have unbelief. Why would God care about my money problem, when so many people in the world have problems money cannot fix?
I am thankful my only problems are money related, but this is where questions lie within me. Why, if I am doing the things God is asking me to do, would He allow me to struggle in this area more than any other? Why, of all the things in the world to worry about, do I focus on money?
God wrote about money more than any other topic in the Bible besides love. He said in 1 Timothy 6:10,“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (NASB).
Maybe this is where I am. I am grieved over something that really doesn’t matter in the spiritual world. Maybe I have placed money in front of God and that’s why He has me deal with the issues I face—just to see which I choose, Him or money.
Yesterday, I chose money. I worried to the point of making myself sick. Today, I replace my money with God, and I will focus on the one true God, the God of my life, and I hand it over to Him. And I pray, “God, I do believe, but help me with my unbelief.”
Is their unbelief in your life? Take the focus on that problem or issue, give it to God and place Him in your focus once again. And ask Him to help you with your unbelief. Build your relationship with Him, and all other problems will seem to fade away.
"Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, 'I do believe; help my unbelief'" (Mark 9:24).
Jody Burkeen is the founder of Man Up God’s Way Ministries, birthed out of his desire to help change the way Christian men “do” Christianity.