I Believe, Help my Unbelief

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 29-31; Mark 9:1-29


20 They brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a fit. He fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been going on?”

He said, “Since he was a child. 22 It has often thrown him into a fire or into water trying to kill him. If you can do anything, help us! Show us compassion!”

23 Jesus said to him, “‘If you can do anything’? All things are possible for the one who has faith.”

24 At that the boy’s father cried out, “I have faith; help my lack of faith!” (Mark 9:20-24, Common English Bible).

Imagine the scene. A boy is possessed by demons. Many believe he had epilepsy or some other affliction that comes with serious seizers. Who of us, if we had such a child and we were to learn of a new doctor in town who could permanently cure our child, wouldn’t take that child to see that doctor? Of course, we would. We all would.

That is the scene. A man whose son has epilepsy comes first to the disciples asking them to cure his son. The disciples tried but fail in their efforts. So, next, the man and his son are trying to reach the desired outcome with Jesus.

Along the way, however, Jesus says something to the father that is pretty interesting. Jesus said, “All things are possible for the one who has faith.”

I find it an interesting statement when paired with a story from a few days ago when we talked about Jesus being in his hometown and was unable to perform miracles because of the lack of faith on the part of the city’s citizens. The implication is, miracles happen but one must believe in miracles. It is a little like the idea of magic. In order for magic to be real, the audience has to believe it is real. Please, before anyone goes crazy on me or anything, I am not trying to equate Jesus’ miracles and magic. My only point is, for magic to be real, you must believe. For miracles to happen, you must believe. As I said a few days ago, sure God can do anything God wants to do. We believe God is omnipotent, all-powerful. If that is true, God must be able to do miracles with or without us. But think about this, why would God want to do miracles with someone who didn’t believe? To convince them to believe? It could be but wouldn’t such a person be likely to dismiss the idea of a divine miracle as something less dramatic?

For his part, the father gives an unusual reply. “I have faith; help my lack of faith!” Most of us know it by the more familiar, “I believe, help my unbelief.” When I read this I can really identify with this man. No, I have never had one of my children or grandchildren afflicted with a serious disease. Still, I do understand.

I believe. I believe in God, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. At the same time, however, there are also those moments in time when I struggle with that belief. There are days when belief seems so far away. And yet, I believe. I want to believe. I have to believe. Lord, help my unbelief.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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