Believing Christians practice a whole catalog of sins, but one of them — unbelief — gives birth of all others. Not the unbelief of agnostics and atheists, but the troubling doubts of those who call themselves by his name! Those who are his children, who say, “I am of Jesus” and yet hold doubt in their hearts. This deeply grieves our Father.
God takes the sin of unbelief very seriously. In fact, Jude warned the church with these words: “I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 5).
Jude is reminding them of God’s attitude toward unbelief. God may no longer destroy his people physically as he did in the Old Testament but his judgments on our unbelief today are spiritual and just as severe.
Unbelief is just as destructive today as it ever was. We may not turn into a pillar of salt or get swallowed up by the earth, as happened in Old Testament days, but we are swallowed by troubles, stress and family problems. Fire does not come down and consume us but our spiritual life is destroyed.
But be encouraged! There is a definite cure for unbelief and it is found in the Word of God. One key verse is found in 1 Peter 5:7: “[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” This is God’s personal word to you today. Another uplifting scripture is, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
God invites us, “Don’t carry that burden one hour more. Put it all on me! I care about everything that is happening to you and I’m big enough to take it all for you.” Give your troubles and concerns to him and be fully convinced that he cares!