I once knew a woman who, for many years, attributed her lack of health to a lack of faith. No matter how much she prayed, no matter how much she begged and pleaded God, no matter how much she asked the elders of the church to pray for her, she never got well.
Because, she concluded, she didn’t have enough faith.
This way of thinking, while it is eminently understandable, makes me want to knock my head onto the desk in front of me, only there’s so much clutter there that all I would do is create a bigger mess.
Unfortunately, this way of thinking — even among seasoned, mature Christians — is fairly common, and there is this idea that God will not pay attention to us until we believe the right way, completely unfaltering in our faith. And while it would be nice to be completely unfaltering in our faith, that would also put us beyond being human, which is something God does not expect us to do.