“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”2 Timothy 2:13 KJV I was reading through 2 Timothy and this verse stuck out to me. Actually the first part of this verse was what caught my attention…”If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful….” I love this phrase because it shows that everything God is, isn’t dependent on our belief. Whether we believe or not, He abideth faithful!Whether we believe or not, He still is the Saviour of mankind. You can think of all the people that have denied and rejected Christ, that hasn’t changed who He is. There have been millions upon millions of people who have criticized and cut down the person of Christ but that hasn’t changed who He is! If Christ and the salvation He provides is dependent on every person believing, than we wouldn’t have a chance. If we believe not, He is still the Saviour of man!!Another thing I thought of is that whether we believe or not, He still is the Good Shepherd! I’m so glad that the atheists haven’t stopped my God from being faithful in caring for me! I’m so glad the those who serve false gods haven’t stopped my God from taking care of me. He is there when I need Him! He will never leave me nor forsake me because He is the Good Shepherd who cares for His own, whether we believe or not!A lot of people, including Christians, go through life not believing that God will supply their need. It is evident in this day and age when many fall into debt trying to pay for everything they want instead of relying on God for their needs. I’m glad the lack of belief in God supplying our needs hasn’t stopped Him. If that was the case, He would have stopped supplying our needs a long time ago! Paul finishes the verse by saying, “…he cannot deny himself.” This made me excited! God cannot deny that He is God! We sometimes lack faith in ourselves, maybe lack belief in ourselves, but God never does lacks belief in what He can do!You see, yours and mine belief or unbelief in God and what He can do, doesn’t change who He is or what He can do. God isn’t relying on us to be God, He will always be faithful in doing His part! We have to do our part and that is to believe!I apologize for the long run on paragraph. I’m out at camp with very little reception and making do with what I have! Thanks for reading!!
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
Last week, I posted about just asking for wisdom. God is willing to give wisdom and more to us, if we just ask.
I want to look at the next few verses from James 1 and see how we are supposed to ask. I think that we can take these things and not only apply them when asking for wisdom, but also when we ask for other things.
- Ask With Confidence – The first thing I notice in these verses is, “ask in faith, nothing wavering.” We should have a respect and fear for God, but we shouldn’t be afraid to ask Him for things. God doesn’t want us to waver in our asking. He wants us to be confident, to be sure in our prayers to Him.
- Ask With Consistency – When we pray, we need to be consistent in talking to God. We need to talk to Him everyday! If we pray today and then we don’t talk to God for another 3 weeks, I don’t think God will bless that. But if we have a constant and consistent relationship with God, He will bless that through answering our prayers.
- Ask With Calmness – God likens wavering to that of a wave that is tossed about with the wind. He doesn’t want His children to be like that, He wants a calmness, a peace in our life. When we pray, pray with calmness. He is the peace that we need in our lives. Yes, he hears us in the loud and bustling areas, but He enjoys that sweet fellowship in the quiet place.
Whatever you need, pray. Whenever you pray, be confident, be consistent, be calm!