Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Be Faithful No Matter How Crazy It Seems

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"Jesus said to him, 'If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.' Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, 'Lord I believe, help my unbelief!'" (Mark 9:23-24).

When reading the story of the demon-possessed son, we find that the disciples could not cast the demon out from the boy and Jesus rebuked the disciples. Why? They did not have enough faith or strong prayer to heal the boy. They gave too much thought to who is greater than to their ministry which is why it was necessary for our Lord Jesus Christ to rebuke them for, “He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding" (Proverbs 15:32).

Feeling gloomy and confused about all that is happening around the world, may cause one to start questioning all authorities including God. Our best solution is to go back to the source, the Holy Bible, and refresh our memory. Then we will be amazed once again and instead of complaining, we will find ourselves extremely thankful.

God does not do anything in this world without planning, timing, meaning, and wisdom. God does not do things that are too easy to figure out; on the contrary, He always likes to amaze and surprise us with the result.

No matter how the situation seems completely difficult to change the outcome such as crippled, blind, sinner,etc., He will solve it with a simple plan. All we need to do is simply ask.

So take a chance and ask, take a risk and wait on Him and learn to trust that He is able. Let nothing discourage us for we know and believe that there is nothing impossible when it comes to God because God is holding the universe in His hand. He sees all that is happening and the outcome. He can see through all the hearts and search the souls, to give each one according to His grace.

God loved us so dearly that He left His throne in Heaven and came down so He could be with us and endure all kinds of suffering in order to save us. That in itself is amazing and overwhelming for many of us.

Through His short life on earth He opened our eyes to see His way and to know that when we have faith in Him anything can be possible such as:

Obeyed: The Miracle of the Wine

"Jesus said to them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it" (John 2:7-8).

In John Chapter 2, we see our Lord Jesus Christ was invited to the wedding, everyone was enjoying the celebration until the wine was completely gone. St. Mary finds out and immediately did not hesitate to ask her son Jesus to intervene, before the guests find out. A wedding without wine being offered is an insult.

Jesus granted His mother her wish and He asked the servant to fill the jars with water then serve to the master of the house. When the master tasted it, the water had become wine.

St. Mary knew what her son was capable of doing but it is amazing to see although the servants did not know Jesus they obeyed all His instructions without any question.

Trusted: Jesus Provide Fish

"When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, 'Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.' But Simon answered and said to Him, 'Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.'" (Luke 5:4-5).

In Luke Chapter 5, we see that the fishermen spent all night working hard and caught nothing. They were disappointed, tired, hungry, and ready to return home. Jesus looked at all their efforts and their willingness to try again although the situation seemed to be impossible to find fish. I wonder what went through their minds while going back into the deep water in the mid-morning. Did they really think it is possible to catch fish now, or they really trusted what He said to them? No matter what they thought they did what He asked from them. Then an amazing blessing came rushing out of the sea. And now for the first time their eyes are opened and saw Jesus and since that moment they never let go again.

Hope: the Crippled Man Let Down Through the Roof

"Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying" (Mark 2:3-4).

In Mark chapter 2, we see a crippled man who has no chance of survival, living on the help of others and devoted friends. They brought him to Jesus in the hope the He will help him in any way. Jesus looked at their love and eagerness to help their friends and their faith in Him. That is why He forgave his sin and healed him too.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is with us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32).

Read the Holy Bible, discover God’s amazing work all over again in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Then apply what you read in your relationship with God and see how much faith you have in Him. Pray and give thanks for everything you have good and bad and may God give you the faith and the understanding to believe whatever it is for your own benefit.

Written by
Nagwa Abdou

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