“Do you know that Jim’s Fix-It Shop is going out of business?” I asked Stan.
“I do,” Stan replied. “I stopped in there the other day. Jim said he’s retiring. Business has really slowed down in our throw-away world.”
Continuing, he said, “Over the years I have had Jim fix a lot of things. In fact, when I saw him the other day, I took in an old clock that had stopped working.”
“I told him I didn’t know if he could fix it, but I was sure that if anyone could, he was the one.”
Continuing, Stan said, “You know what he said to that?”
“I wasn’t there, so I don’t,” I replied with a smile.
“Jim said, ‘Just like Jesus’.”
“Just like Jesus,” I repeated. “What did he mean by that?”
“We had a great discussion,” Stan replied, “about broken faith. How it is essential for us as believers to give any unbelief to the only one who can fix it.”
Continuing, he said, “Whenever I find there is any lack of belief anywhere in my life, that is not the time to hide and be ashamed of that unbelief. No, that is the exact time to take it to God the Father, through Jesus.”
“So,” I responded, “if there is something broken about my faith, it’s time to get it fixed, not throw it away.”
“You got it, my friend,” Stan replied. “Kind of like taking it to Jesus’ Fix-It Shop!”
I do believe; help my unbelief. Mark 9:24.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, I can come before you with everything, including my unbelief. I confess that too many times I have tried to hide my unbelief from you. Please forgive that foolishness. And please, Father, help me in following your lead in bringing any unbelief before you with the full assurance of knowing that you are the only one who can fix it. Please draw me away from wanting to hide, but to come before you, fully open to all you have for me in my faith walk with you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
1. What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does this devotional say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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