“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief” Mark 9:24.
This is one of my favorite scriptures. Here is a man who is standing face to face with Jesus Christ and he is suffering with doubts. He has a child tormented and wants him to be well. This is his only child. This is the man’s blessing, his livelihood, his legacy. And he comes to Christ “Teacher, I beg you, look at my son, my only child.” I beg you. Please help me.
This father is desperate. He wants more than anything for his son to be well, for the torment to end and he hears of this Jesus. He thinks I’m willing to do anything to see my son get well. Maybe this Jesus and his followers can help. He finds his disciples and begs them to heal his boy. And they fail. The men closes to Jesus were not able to heal this boy.
I can only imagine the doubt that was creeping in this fathers mind. How much faith do you have? Do you want to believe? Maybe that’s enough to start. So in absolute desperation this father begs Jesus to look at his son. Look at him as he foams at the mouth, look at his scars, his burns, please I beg you, please if you can heal my boy? Of course this father doubted. Who wouldn’t? The pain has been more real than any healing. All he has known for years is this bondage is the suffering of his Son. I’m so much more acquainted with the struggle than I am with the victory. You want it to be true, but the doctors have failed, the rabbis, the faith healers, all have failed. Nothing has worked.
For many of us hurt by the disease of addiction, all we can remember is the suffering. For years your family has been in bondage to the addiction. What do you do? Do you give up in despair and unbelief? Do you let your doubts take over and stop you from pursuing after God? Or do you respond like this father. I love this father’s response. It’s so sincere. It’s so brutally honest. It’s so real. And I can relate to it. I believe, Jesus, help me overcome my unbelief. I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!
This man wants more than anything in the world to believe. To believe that Jesus is who, he says he is. Because if he is, than he can certainly heal his son. If he is the Messiah, if he is the son of the living God. If he is the great I Am. Then nothing is impossible for him.
I believe Lord, Help me in my Unbelief.
Pastor Philip Dvorak MS, LMHC