“This morning during my journaling time,” Stan began, “the apostle Paul again showed me an answer to a question I have thought about a lot over the years since becoming a Christian.”
“What’s that?” I replied.
“All during my pre-Christian life,” Stan responded, “I was pretty much empty, without any peace and joy. It would come and go, but was never lasting.”
Continuing, he added, “Even in my early days as a Christian, I felt a certain lack of joy and peace. And I have often wondered why. I think that today a part of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome showed me.”
“What was it?” I asked.
“Belief,” was his one-word answer.
Continuing, he said, “Joy and peace come from believing. That is what Paul wrote, it is true, and that is why I had no or so little joy and peace. My belief was lacking.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that such was clearly the case before I became a Christian. And it continued on in my walk with Christ at the beginning. Oh, I said I believed, but I knew and God certainly knew that I was trying to fake it. Can’t fake belief!”
“The lack of joy and peace in my life was like a lie-detector that showed that I was a long way off from the belief that God had for me.”
“And what changed?” I asked.
“Like the father who approached Jesus and asked for help with his child and with his unbelief, I asked God to help me with my unbelief. He responded and keeps on responding. Joy and peace flow from that.”
“Trying to fake belief just doesn’t cut it when it comes to peace and joy.”
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.
I do believe; help my unbelief. Mark 9:24.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the joy and peace that come from believing. And thank you for the truth of why joy and peace may be lacking. I believe, but I need your help with my unbelief so that I am exactly where you intend for me to be in my relationship with you. I confess unbelief and ask for your help in filling me to overflowing with all you have for me in my walk with you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.