Help My Unbelief…

I have always been fascinated by the story in Mark 9 of the father who came looking for Jesus in hopes that he might cast out the demon from his son. This man had asked the disciples for help and they had been unsuccessful in their attempts to exorcise the demon. When Jesus heard this, he actually rebuked his disciples for their unbelief. When he asked the father how long the boy had been afflicted, the man answered: “Since he was a little boy. The sipirit often torws him into the fire, or into the water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on is if you can!’

Jesus responded, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’? Anything is possible if a person believes.” I love the desperate cry of the boy’s father at this point, because it has so often been my own, “Oh, Lord, I believe, help me to overcome my unbelief.”  What an honest, heartfelt response this man gave. His belief was fragile, and he knew it. He was in desperate need. He wanted to believe, but he was afraid to believe.

Jesus then rebuked the spirit and freed the son from his bondage. He lifted the son who had fallen as if dead to his feet and restored him to his father. I am amazed as I ponder this story. Jesus healed the boy in response to the man’s cry, “Help me overcome my unbelief.” He answered that prayer. He took that man’s fragile faith and bolstered it with an amazing display of power.

Last night I was struggling with some discouragement revolving around the many logistical issues with our upcoming move.  I commented to my sister Dar Gail who was up for the evening, “I just want things to be easy.” Immediately I felt a rebuke for those words of unbelief. God has already gone before us in so many tangible ways related to this move. And yet I find myself looking inward, and outward, and failing to rest. With tremulous heart I am again begging,  “Lord, I believe! Help me overcome my unbelief.”

One Response to "Help My Unbelief…"

  • expecting that amazing display of power to bolster your belief. Look for it, in our world it can be easy to miss and trivialize when it truly is amazing.

    1 Tammy said this (April 16, 2012 at 7:53 am) Reply

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