A father with a demon possessed, or epileptic, son brought the boy to Jesus to have him healed; if Jesus is able to. Jesus responds that everything is possible for the one who believes. And the quote below is the father’s response to Jesus.
I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!Mark 9:24b NIV
The father’s words here really strike a chord with me and I find myself periodically echoing his cry. I believe. But oftentimes it seems that belief is pretty shallow and has little impact on my life.
There is no doubt in my mind that God exists and that he has a purpose for me. I am convinced that the Bible is inspired by God and that faith in Jesus death and resurrection is necessary to enter into relationship with God. I believe! And yet I struggle with unbelief.
If I really and truly believed that this world and all that it contains is only temporary and that I was created for something much more than this, should it not have more of an impact on how I live here? Would I not spend more time preparing for eternity than I do in enjoying the temporary? Would not the work He has for me have a higher priority than other things I choose to do?
I believe; at least intellectually. But unfortunately my belief does not always translate well into practical terms. Lord, help me in my unbelief!
Note: This post was first published on October 22, 2014