“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24)
There is a lot to discuss about this chapter, but I wanted to focus on a point for us to dwell on today and that is, belief.
We all have been at impossible points in our lives. Right? I mean, is there one reader that could tell me that they have had a problem free life? If so, please, write a book, you would become a millionaire.
But for the rest of us who are constantly standing on a cliff’s edge as we wonder “What now?” I sure am glad we have an example in the Word to show us that we aren’t alone.
Here this daddy is with a very young child who is being tormented by an evil spirit. He has watched the pain wreak havoc on his son and he is helpless. He is so helpless in fact, that he went to the disciples for help already, but he found none. When people finally bring him to Christ, he doesn’t know what to do anymore BUT believe in order that his son might be freed and whole again.
It is not our ability to believe that makes the difference in our life situations, but the ability of the One in whom we choose to believe.
Jesus had shown Peter and James and John WHO He really was as He was transfigured while they looked on. But their belief was not what could help this boy, it was only THROUGH Christ.
You may have been born and raised in church and saved and baptized at a young age, but none of that can be what you rely on for your life’s turmoils. I think there is a great disservice being done to our youth in church today because we have so many programs and events at “church” that we make it out to be what is most important. While I agree we shouldn’t forsake the assembly of ourselves as believers, I do NOT hold to the thought that the church is what saves and helps me. It is Christ and Christ alone that must have my faith. If I just point people to the church, I have failed them.
Jesus was the only One Who could help this father and this boy. And when the father didn’t know what else to do, he asked Jesus to help him believe. That is profound.
I have heard my parents pray many, many, many times. I have listened to their voices beg God for miracles and I have heard them plead with Him for immediate help. But I have never heard them demand that God do something. They have always asked according to the Word and always, completely left the entire request up to Him to have His Will. And I have watched God do unexplainable things in our family through the years.
Was it the voices of my mother and father or was it God?
Was it the power of praying or the power of the One to Whom they prayed?
It’s not easy to put this type of thought into English words, and I am not doing a great job at explaining what my mind wants to say, but I will let you ponder these verses and thoughts with me today as we dwell in God and ask Him to help us where we need it and place our lives and problems in HIS capable hands to do with as He will.
Do you need help today?
Go to the One Who can help.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,