“The father instantly cried out, “‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:24 NLT)
Have you ever felt doubt? Doubt that you’ll get that break you’ve been hoping for, doubt that you can make the team, doubt that you’ll ever get out of debt, doubt that you’ll get the house, or even doubt over the miracle you are believing for. Or if we take a look around our world and all that is currently happening, we can quickly begin to doubt that things will ever feel normal again. As much as we all want to have unmovable confidence in what we hope for, we all experience some form of doubt in our lives. Doubt is simply a feeling of uncertainty. But what in us causes us to doubt?
Doubt can stem from many different things. Fear, anxiety, the unknown, insecurities, what we see, what we don’t see, logic, and many other things. When we shift our focus from God and unto what we see, feel, or think, seeds of doubt can start to take root. We see time and time again in the scriptures, miracles were realized as a result of belief.
In our focus scripture, there is a man pleading for his son who is possessed by a demon. As the man is pleading to Jesus for miraculous deliverance of his boy, he makes an interesting statement during his request. “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “…if you can”, this is Jesus we are talking about, we know he can, but what in this man causes this sort of response.
(1) He previously had the apostles try to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t [he experienced disappointment when his expectation was not met], (2) his son had been this way for many years [what he knew] (3) he’d witnessed violent attacks from the demon manifest in violent seizures over his son [what he could see]. Although this man had multiple reasons to doubt, that we would consider valid reasons, his focus was on previous experiences, what he could see, and what he knew and not on who Jesus was.
How many of us find ourselves pleading, much like this man, “I believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.” We know that God is well able, but the things of the world somehow seep into our hearts. We heard the medical report, we experienced the betrayal, we went through the loss, we are going through a world pandemic. All these things are real and tangible in our lives, but it is our partnership in faith with who we know God to be that helps us realize the miraculous. It is through our belief, our faith in Jesus and who he is that we are able to expectantly believe for the miraculous to happen in our lives.
Yes, the betrayal hurt, but God is a healer and restorer. Yes, the medical report was unexpected, but God can bring good from this. Yes, we are living through a world pandemic, but we are living through. God is still the God of miracles. He can still realize the miraculous today. He is not the God of ancient history. He is not the God that once turned water into wine. He is still the God of today, tomorrow, and all eternity.
What are you focusing on today? Are you focused on your resources, your own strength and abilities, your own “connections”? Are you focused on how you can set this, that and the other thing up? Why don’t you take the limits off of God today and shift your focus from your own ability onto the one who is well able. He is the God of the impossible. He is faithful.
“Anything is possible if a person believes” (Mark 9:23).
Recommended Reading: Mark 9:14-27
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are well able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond anything I could ever hope for. Help me to stay focused on you. Keep me from allowing the things that I see or don’t see from shifting my focus off of the only thing that really matters, You. I surrender it all to you Lord, I believe, but help me overcome my unbelief. In Jesus’s name. Amen!