VERSE: You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said. LUKE 1:45

It's not easy to believe in God, but it's not supposed to be.

Almost every Christian affirms a strong belief that God will do what He said He will do—that He will keep His promises, fulfill the blessings described in His Word, and prove Himself faithful and true in our lives. Yet if we're honest, in the back of our minds is a very subtle doubt: "I hope so." Or "we'll see."

That's okay; God understands. When a man told Jesus he believed while also asking Jesus to help his unbelief (Mark 9:24), Jesus followed through with a miracle. But that isn't ideal. Jesus also gave promises about prayer that were conditioned on not doubting (Matthew 21:21), and marveled at His disciples' unbelief in the midst of storms (Mark 4:40). His desire is for us to believe He will do what He said. And His blessing is often reserved only for those who believe.

I guess we'll see.

It's a hard truth to swallow, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing. We don't want God's blessings to depend on the purity of our faith, but some of them are. The size of our faith doesn't seem to be an issue; all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20). But the quality of our faith may certainly have an effect on what we receive from God. Several passages of Scripture urge that our faith should not be mixed with doubt. He saves some of His most precious blessings for those who believe He will give them.

We don't know exactly what Elizabeth said to Mary, but we do know that she blessed her.

And we can guess why: Mary believed God would do what He said. Many people wouldn't have believed, finding the angel's words too bizarre to be literally true. But Mary accepted them, and Elizabeth expressed a profound biblical principle when she saw her. Just as Abraham was declared righteous because He believed God's impossible words, Mary was declared blessed because she believed Him too. Those who trust God's extraordinary words will find Him extraordinarily faithful.


Lord, I believe. If You said it, it’s always true, no matter how strange or unlikely it seems. I accept Your ability to do the impossible, and I gratefully receive the blessing that comes through believing.

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