Lord, I believe…help my unbelief!
This quotation, from Mark 9:24 is uttered by a father whose child was thought to be dead, but whom Jesus restored. The father believed Jesus was able to restore his child, yet lingering unbelief in his mind caused him to make the request of Jesus: “Help my unbelief”.
What we must remember is that our spirit, which has been transformed by Jesus, is still at war with our old nature. Our humanity is something which we must force into submission to the Holy Spirit, and often our human nature pitches fits trying to gain dominance.
We must then remember this picture of trust. The child leaps into the waiting arms of his father. The child’s trust is absolute. There is no hesitation, and once committed to leap, the child simply “knows” that his father will catch him, at any cost.
We need to restore this kind of child-like faith in our Heavenly Father. He paid the cost. He will catch us, never failing!!
Are you at a crossroads in life? Is God calling you to serve in some sacrificial way, and you are not seeing any way you can afford to do it? You are unsure what will happen, perhaps you fear that the cost of leaping is not worth the risk?
Know this, brothers and sisters: Jesus will always make a way for us, as we walk in obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit. We must walk in the Spirit, and not in the flesh. We must force our human nature to submit to God’s perfect will for us.
Do not be reckless or deluded into thinking that God wants you to buy a Rolls Royce and putting a “Jesus is Lord” bumper sticker on it. But do not toss out visions God does give you, only because you see no way to bring them to fruition!
Your faith is a muscle. You must exercise it regularly, and the more you use it, the stronger and more capable it will become.
God will always catch us, so long as we are walking in obedience, and trusting in him to the utmost.
God, I believe. Help my unbelief, I pray. AMEN