The Legs of Unbelief
Liturgy and Worship - Exhortation
Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 20 October 2012
We cannot be reminded too often of the goodness and grace of God.
Unbelief is the perennial temptation, and part of that unbelief is the
idea that our unbelief is greater than the purposes of God. No—the legs
of unbelief are too short to outrun the goodness and grace of God.
We like to put on airs; we like to believe that we are more important
than we actually are. God’s purposes will be done regardless.
believe or if I don’t believe, God is not deterred. If I don't believe Him,
then His purposes will redound for His glory (which they were going to
do anyway), but if I believe, then His glory will also be for my good,
and for my blessing.
For the utter unbeliever, this does not matter at all. But for the
believer who worries that his belief is not what it should be, he begins
to panic. He knows he believes, but like the man with the demoniac son,
he cries out, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” This is where we may
take comfort. The legs of your unbelief are too short to outrun the
goodness and greatness of God.
We love because He first loved. We believe because He gave us the
gift of faith. We rejoice because He filled our hearts with joy. And
what God has begun, God will complete.
The Lord is easily pleased, but hard to satisfy. He chides the
disciples frequently for being little-faiths. That is not a good thing.
And yet, at the same time, He teaches them that mustard seed faith can
accomplish great things. One of the things that little faith can
accomplish is that it can grow into greater and greater faith.
So do not hesitate to come before the Lord in worship. You have
things to be fixed, right? What else is new? You have issues? Then we
have no time to lose. Come, let us worship the Lord now.