2017-08-12 - Doubts
Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
How many of us can see the wind? We see its effects when the trees sway and leaves blow. We hear the wind, and we can feel it on our skin. But can we see it? What about an atom--the building block of all physical objects. Can we see the individual atom? Yet we know that God has created each one of us out of atoms.
In Mark 9:14-28, Jesus is asked to heal a boy who cannot speak and is prone to seizures. Jesus' disciples could not heal him. Jesus is called by the father of the boy to help him. Jesus says, "Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23) The father immediately replies, by saying that he does believe, but that he needs help in overcoming his unbelief. He was not afraid to say that he had doubts. Jesus did not criticize or berate the father. Instead, He appreciated the man's honesty, and He then healed the man's son.
Our faith is not without doubts and fears. Like we cannot see the wind and the atom, we cannot see our faith. Yet, we can see its effects. We can see what God is doing in our lives. And, yes, we have doubts, too. But we don't have to be ashamed of our fears and worries. God will work through our doubts, to achieve His purpose in our lives.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted