I bet I can guess the two biggest reasons why you don’t want to entrust anything of value to certain people: (1) you doubt the person’s ability to meet your expectations in a satisfactory manner, and (2) you are uncertain of the person’s willingness to do exactly what you ask of him.

These are the two greatest hindrances to faith. Yet these roadblocks did not deter one woman from believing that she would experience a miracle. After battling a debilitating illness for 12 years, she had spent all of her money on physicians who offered her no cure. But when she heard about Jesus and His miracles, she knew she had to see Him. Though she had never met Jesus before, she believed that if she could simply touch His clothes, she would be healed. There was no question of Jesus’ ability or willingness to heal her.

The woman struggled through the thick crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ clothing. She found instant healing, both physical and spiritual. Because she did not stagger through unbelief, Christ rewarded her faith.

Faith looks to the strength of God, rather than to the difficulties which seem so formidable. It is not the quantity or the strength of our faith, but the object, which matters to God. He wants to help us, but we have to trust Him. This is the essence of the Christian life: simply taking God at His Word. It isn’t complicated.

My friend, do you believe the Lord Jesus Christ is both willing and able to help you in your hardships? Perhaps you are concerned about a nagging health problem or discouraged because of a fruitless job search—and disappointed because nothing you have tried has helped your situation. Have you brought the matter to Jesus? I submit to you that He is not only willing and able, but ready, to help you. Trust Him today.

Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will! — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.