WOULD YOU ALSO DOUBT HIM?
�Jesus asked the boy's father, �How long has he been like this?� �From
childhood,� he answered. �It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill
him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.� ��If you
can�?� said Jesus. �Everything is possible for him who believes.�
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, �I do believe; help me overcome my
unbelief!�� (Mark 9:21-24 NIV).
While Jesus Christ and three of His disciples were away on the Mount of
Transfiguration, a drama was unfolding between the other disciples and the
teachers of the law. What was the drama? A possessed boy was brought to the
disciples for deliverance, but they could not deliver him. Then, the
teachers of the law were arguing with the disciple (Mark 9:14-15). The
argument might be on the ability of Jesus to do the deliverance.
Jesus Christ arrived during the moment. He asked them the cause of the
argument. He was told. Jesus denounced both His disciples' incompetence and
the unbelief of the people. More importantly, He wanted to heal the boy, but
the response of his father to Jesus' question was an expression of doubt
about Jesus' ability to perform the miracle: "If you can do anything�." Why
did Jesus re-echo this clause again? It showed His surprise about the
father's unbelief. It perplexed Him about their hollow faith in Him. Yet He
added that if anyone could believe in Him, there would be no problem that
the person cannot confront. Think about the man's response. Immediately he
asked Jesus for help to overcome his unbelief. Then his son was eventually
delivered from the evil spirit.
You also might have been asking God to do something for you, but at times,
doubt casts shadow on your faith. It seems that the problem is becoming more
critical than before. Perhaps some people might have told you that there is
no way out of the problem. Whose words would you believe? Would you also
doubt God? Think of Jesus' word to doubtful Martha, "Did I not tell you that
if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40 NIV).
What people or your circumstances dictate may seem sensible, but may not be
God's words. Do not doubt God about your situation. Believe that He will do
it. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on November 2, 2003.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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