Our Greatest Need

I read this compelling statement in My Utmost for His Highest the other day: “The greatest need we have is not to do things, but to believe things.” It reminds me of Jesus’ response when he was asked, “How do we do the work of the Father?” He said, “The work of the Father is this, to believe on Him whom He has sent.”

I am convinced that often we don’t succeed in doing things, because we don’t really believe God. We think we know a better way. Or we just can’t imagine how a circumstance could possibly change. Many times, I haveĀ  believed God for too little. Recently I have been convicted by my own unbelief as I have prayed over certain situations. I pray for God to work His perfect will, to change hard hearts, to turn grief to praise, and awaken desires in each of us for His glory. But I don’t really expect those changes to come. I pray for change, but I settle for mediocrity.

C.S. Lewis said it so well, “We are far too easily satisfied.” We don’t believe God for more; we just settle for status quo. I long to live far beyond mediocrity, to come before God with great expectations for His goodness and glory to be displayed. I am done being satisfied with less. “Oh Lord, I believe. Help thou my unbelief!”


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