Why Isn't My Faith Stronger? (Luke 16:31)

God has physically healed me-several times. The first time was healing me of my allergic rhinitis, an affliction I had suffered through since 1981 in college. Three years ago, I took it to God in prayer and asked for His healing. He dramatically answered me and I stopped all medications. The same thing happened when He healed my of my acid reflux (GERD). More recently, He healed me of a raging and burning pharyngitis (sore throat) one minute before I had to sing solo at a memorial service.

Yes, God has healed me, unquestionably and undeniably. With so many tangible examples, one would think that my faith in God would be unwavering and solid. Sadly, this is often not the case. My memory of God’s deliverances is short. I still doubt and revert back to old habits and sins. Why isn’t my faith stronger?

He said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”
Luke 16:31 (ESV)

I fear my faith is as weak as the brothers of the rich man, condemned to spend the rest of his existence in torment. After he died and was suffering in hell, he could see the poor man, Lazarus, whom he mistreated, being comforted in the bosom of Abraham in Heaven. And although he pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers to repent of their sinful ways so they could avoid hell, Abraham uttered the prescient words above. God knows that even if we witnessed the miracle of Jesus rising from the dead, it will not be enough for some people.

God has healed me. He has healed me of physical ailments. But most importantly, He has healed my sinful state and brought me into salvation by confessing and repenting of my sins and acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

My faith needs to be stronger. I need to spend every moment in gratitude for what God has done for me.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.