March 13th Lenten Devotional

Enough Faith to Doubt

Kim Kliewer Becker

Mark 11:23-25

I don’t know about you, but I have never been successful at commanding a mountain to be thrown in the sea. When I read these verses I really want to believe I have enough faith for the task, but I have to admit, sometimes I have doubts. The hyperbolic language Mark uses here has the potential to cause us to feel badly about our faith, or lack thereof. However, if we focus on the promise rather than the criteria we see the encouragement intended by the author. When we pray earnestly God hears us and answers.

It is normal and acceptable to have doubts and fears and all the things that keep us from the belief that we can command a mountain to fall into the sea. In my ministry as a pastor I invite questioning and doubt to be friendly companions in the congregation. Without them, we do not strive to know more. Without doubt we simply take everything we are told and buy into whatever interpretation of scripture we are given. Elsewhere in scripture we are told to work out our faith with fear and trembling. I am not sure that is possible without a bit of doubt and a lot of questions.

So, yes, have faith and pray and believe that God hears you and answers. Consider the apostle Thomas and how Jesus did not turn him away when he doubted; Jesus drew him in even closer and pulled his hand to his side so he could know the truth. May the same be true for you. Dear God, just like the deaf and mute boy’s father we cry out to you, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” In our questions and doubt, we pray that you would draw us in and speak peace to our hearts.
Kim Becker serves as an ordained pastor for Emmanuel Mennonite Church, who seeks to
love God and love others in St Paul, MN and the greater metro Twin Cities.

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