Lord, Help Thou Mine Unbelief

Monday, August 6, 2018


I know that I've had times in my life where I wanted to believe God would do something, I've wanted to believe that He could provide or He could satisfy, but just felt like I couldn't.

Today we're going to look at a story in the Bible that strikes me every time I read it - and I hope it helps you as well.

Open up with me to Mark 9, where we find Jesus in the middle of His earthly ministry. He was doing miracles (Feeding of the 4,000 in chapter 8:1-9 and healing a blind man in 8:22-26.) and also was transfigured earlier in chapter 9.

The story that always grabs my attention though, is in verses 17-29. A father brings his possessed son to Jesus so that He can cast the spirit out of him. The father tells Jesus:
"Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; and wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away..." ~ Mark 8:17-18 kjv
This father had hope that Jesus could cast this spirit out of his son. If you look later in the passage, it says that the father tried having the disciples cast it out, but they couldn't. He's at the end of his rope, trying to find someone who can heal his son from this dumb spirit.

From verse 22, I can tell that this father is desperate:
"But if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us." ~ v.22 kjv
Who knows what other things this father tried to rid his son of this spirit. We know he went to the disciples, and it sounds like Jesus was his last hope.

What Jesus says is very interesting here:
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." v.23 kjv
It would have been very easy for that father to give up hope. To give up believing that his son would ever be healed. He had tried everything - there was nothing left! But Jesus gives him a challenge by telling him that he needed to believe that Jesus could heal his son.

The father's response is my favorite part:
"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." v.24 kjv
There are so many times where we want to believe. Believe that God has the best in store for us, no matter what our plans are. But it's so easy to slip back into a place in life where we control everything and manipulate everything to go the way we want it to.

But I love this because it shows that this father was willing to admit that there was something missing; yes he believed, but he recognized that there was still some lingering doubt going through his mind. Instead of asking God to give him some super faith, the father simply acknowledged his need and asked for help.

And the amazing thing is - Jesus healed his son. Despite the father's lack of faith.

There's a lesson for all of us here; when we can acknowledge our weaknesses and then simply ask the Lord to help, He will meet us right where we are. 

And we might even be surprised by a miracle.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." ~ 1 Corinthians 12:9 kjv


What are some sins you need the Lord to help you overcome?
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4 comments:

  1. Wow...this was great. We don't have to have an 'amazing faith'. For only the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. Thanks for sharing, Ashley. <33

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    1. How true that is. I'm so glad that the Lord doesn't require that of us! Thanks for the encouragement dear friend <3

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  2. still fighting addiction and keep telling myself lies and that is getting me nowhere. I have a hard time accepting that God can help me and that I need to change my self destructive behavior but I don't want to but I need to. Letting go is the hardest part.

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    1. Keep fighting Evan and keep believing that God can help you when you're at your lowest.

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