Recently, I came across a passage from Mark 9 that struck me in a way that it hasn’t in the past.
That’s what I love about reading scripture. The Holy Spirit is always lifting up new truths every time we read it!
If you are a parent you will identify with the desperation in this father’s voice.
“A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.”
If your child has ever had some sort of illness that lingers, you can resonate with his desperation here.
The disciples were his first choice. But they were unable to restore his son.
Hello! Jesus was next door. Why didn’t they go get him?!
Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.”
The disciples bring the boy to Jesus.
The boy’s father responds, “If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”
If you can.
Those two little letters speak volumes here.
How many of you have felt that way? We know Jesus has the power, but do we believe he can? For us?
“Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”
The father cries out, ““Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”
The healer is also the restorer: to the boy as well as his father.
Jesus did heal that boy. We may not get the outcome we desire but Jesus will not abandon his promise to enter into our lives.
Maybe your child isn’t sick. Maybe you are facing some other crisis. A broken relationship, a job loss, a lack of direction.
Do you believe you are worthy of Jesus entering into it? That he will bring about restoration: whatever it takes to get there?
This story is taken from Mark 9:14-29.
Jesus, Our Earthly minds struggle to grasp how far you will go to enter into our lives. I confess my failure to trust you completely. Like the man whose cries summoned you, I plea for your help in my unbelief. Sustain me as I wait for your work to be complete. Amen.