Day 26: I Believe Lord; Help My Unbelief
“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24 (NLT)
There is a story in the Bible about a father who brings his son to Jesus to be healed. His son had been tormented by a demon since he was a small boy. The father heard about Jesus’ healing power, and decided to take his son to what I imagine he must have considered their last hope.
So they brought the boy to Jesus. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.
“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 9:20-24 (NLT)
Have you ever been to this point? The point where you have been suffering so long you cry out to the Lord, “Jesus, please have mercy on me and help me. I know you can help me! I know anything is possible if I believe, but I am tired. I want to believe. I DO BELIEVE, but help my unbelief!” I know I certainly have been in this place.
It is OK to be there, as long as you don’t stop believing. You would be worse off if you had given up trusting the Lord, and run away from the One who does the impossible.
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to a mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
But without faith it is impossible to please God. Unbelief will hinder our ability to receive His miracle-working power in our lives. (Matthew 17:20-21, Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 13:38)
No matter how long we have to go through a season of trouble or testing, we need to trust the Lord will work everything out for our good even if we can’t see it at the moment. Even if we suffer for doing what is right, God will reward us for it. We don’t need to worry or lose hope. We need to instead worship Christ as Lord of our life, and leave our burdens with Him. Sorrow will not last forever. One day we will be healed and we will also see the fruit of our long suffering, if we do not give up and give in to unbelief! (Psalm 55:22, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 3:14-15, Galatians 6:9)
We need to be like the woman with the issue of blood. I love her story because she did not give up, even after 12 years of constant bleeding. The doctors gave her so many negative reports.I am sure they told her she would never be healed. She would be an outcast for the rest of her life because of her disease, and she was broke from spending all of her money on these physicians who could not heal her. Then she heard about the Great Physician, and her hope was renewed! She did not allow unbelief to hold her back. She allowed what faith she had left in her to turn into strength to help her push her way through the crowds of people, just so she could touch Jesus’ cloak.
She believed He was so powerful if she could just touch the hem of His garment she would be healed. She was right! Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at moment. (Matthew 9:19-22)
Now is not the time to give up! We have to confess our unbelief to the Lord and ask Him to help us. He will! He will give us the faith we need to make it through whatever our circumstances are. We need to be diligently seeking Him and depending on Him for healing and deliverance, no matter how long it takes. He is faithful and true to His Word. This is what we have to hold on to.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt said “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. When we get to the point when we are tired and worn out, then we must cry out, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” Be encouraged!
Father sometimes we feel so overwhelmed with what we are going through in this world we want to believe, but the circumstances seem so impossible we feel like we are lacking in the faith department. Help us to believe. Help us to overcome unbelief with your Word. We need confirmation and reassurance of the Truth we know is inside of us, which is you are faithful and you have not left or forsaken us. We thank you. We come to you just as we are, knowing you understand us. We trust you to infuse us with faith, trust, and peace. “In Jesus’ name.” Amen.