Just Believe

“[The crowd] replied, ‘We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?’

Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.’ “

John 6:28-29

I think there is a strong tendency in us to want to “do” something, to take action. We want to fix situations or fix people or fix the world (primarily by fixing situations or other people). It’s like we’re giant hammers in a world of nails. So when I’m asked to “just” believe it’s the simplest thing to do but also the hardest thing to do.

I don’t know about you but I have a strong desire to overcomplicate things. I remember someone telling me once “why are you making it more complicated than it is”? I kind of love problems and if something is simple I’m tempted to make it complex to make it more interesting. But interesting doesn’t mean good, interesting just means interesting. When Jesus tells me to believe I quickly retort “and…?”. It just can’t be that simple can it? Really? Just believe?

It is that simple. And that difficult. To choose to just believe means that I have to admit to a long and well-kept secret: I can’t do this by myself. Now I am not ready to admit that yet but I’m coming around. I’ve had some times in my life where I said “this is too big for me Lord I put it in your hands” and he has come through. Looking back, I know if I tried to fix it myself it would have gone very poorly indeed. I’m a rebel at heart because of my Adamic nature so it’s hard to just believe and leave it to God but that’s what I’m learning to do and I have to admit it’s paying off for me. But it’s really, really hard.

How about you? Do you have any stories where belief got you through? Do you also struggle with “just” believing?

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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