Monthly Archives: April 2016

What is Unbelief?

Unbelief is commonly perceived as “a lack of faith in God.” But this view can obscure the underlying problem. Unbelief is not just a lack of faith in God. In actuality, unbelief is “having too much faith in ourselves and our own ways” from moment to moment in our lives. This over-dependence upon ourselves keeps us from fully experiencing God’s power and purpose for our daily lives and also the peace, joy, and spiritual rest which are meant to be available to us through our faith relationship in Christ.

Mark 17A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


The more we are drawn to focus on the complexity of a situation the more difficult it is to trust God about that situation.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.