Lately, I’ve been challenged with my understanding of believing vs. hoping. Jesus often asked people if they “believed he could do something”.
For example, check out this passage in Matthew 9:28-29:
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”
Jesus didn’t ask if they “hoped” he would heal them, but if they “believed” that he was able to heal them. There are things that I have often thought I was believing God for when really I think I just hope it is something God will do. I believe there is a point in which our hope can become belief. For me, it has been seeing God do what I hoped he would do that gives me the faith to believe him for what I know he can do. (Read that statement again).
I think we all start out with hope. We hope God will bring us someone to marry…we hope God will help us find a job…we hope God will fix our financial problems. And as God does those things we hope and pray for, we get a little more faith so that we can believe God for something a little bigger. The more we see God do in our lives the bigger our “belief” in Him gets.
That big mountain in your life…do you hope God will move it or do you believe he will? It’s okay if you only hope and pray. But when God answers you…I hope you will be able to believe Him for the next mountain.