“How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father. He replied, “Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘If I can?'” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
– Mark 9: 21 – 24 NLT
How often do we respond to God the way this father responded to Jesus?
We constantly go to our Lord asking for healing and guidance, and then right after start acting like God isn’t able to rescue us from our affliction.
Our minds and mouths are saying “Lord, I believe you can redeem my situation,” but our hearts and actions are asking “God, if you can help, will you?”
Sometimes we allow our situations to be the god over our lives, rather than placing God in his rightful place as Lord.
God is our King, and as King it is his job to care for every aspect of our lives. And because God is God, he has all authority to enter every single crevice and change it’s nature.
There is no “if you can” with God. God operates in the realm of “I can do anything I desire within your life, because I am your God.” And this is something we always have to remind ourselves of.
Whenever things around us seem to be too much, we must remember that God is all powerful and is able to change our circumstances.
Just as the father in Mark 9, we too must recognize that our hearts and minds are not always on one accord. Head knowledge tells us God can do all things, because that is what we have been taught. But sometimes heart knowledge dismisses what we know to be true and replaces it with doubt and insecurities, because of the experiences we’ve had with other humans.
God is not like other humans…. God is NOT human. He is above humanity and is perfect, yet desires to be with his imperfect creations.
Unbelief is a tool of Satan, that he places in our hearts to distort our heart knowledge. It is our role as Christians to use the word of God to remove those stones the enemy places in our hearts, before they become boulders that halt the growth God desires in our lives.
Are you struggling with unbelief? Is there something in your life that God is calling you to, but you feel inadequate? Are there people God is telling you to pray for, but you don’t believe their hearts can change?
Use this week to pray over any area of unbelief. Find scriptures that tell you who God is and how he is able to do all things. Believe in our Lord.