Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” Immediately the father of the boy cried out [with a desperate, piercing cry], saying, “I do believe; help [me overcome] my unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24)
I can imagine it must have been difficult for this father to trust Jesus. His son had been suffering since childhood, the scribes were opposing the disciples, and an entire generation refused to believe that God could do the impossible.
How different is that from our own generation?
At least this father was willing to be authentic before Jesus. He truly did believe in God, but his own doubts had clouded his vision. The years of demonic possession had taken their toll, yet his father was determined to find help.
God has given each one of us the ability to believe in His Son. We have a mind to think clearly, a will to choose freely, and a deep sense of knowing that Jesus is who He says He is.
Remember, it’s not always wise to follow the crowd mentality, and even Jesus had to face an unbelieving generation that was opposed to Him.
So, take time to let God direct your steps, and be honest with Him. Let your faith lead you, as you express your desire, share your disappointments, and learn how to let God take care of you.
When the father was able to set aside his own doubt, he could see more clearly, and Jesus inspired Him to express his faith, even when uncertainty lingered in the background.
Help me in my unbelief, and forgive me for listening to the unwise counsel of people who have wanted to lead me astray. I need your help, and I turn to you so that I can follow you. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a clean heart to trust in you, once again. Amen.