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Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my Thou my unbelief!” (Mark 9: 24, NKJ) Belief: trust, faith or confidence in someone or something.

“So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17 ESV) The father quoted in the first scripture above has a desperately sick son. He heard about Jesus. He heard about the healings. He brought his beloved son to the disciples, but they couldn’t do anything. Then Jesus arrived. The man tells Jesus, “I brought You my son.” And he pleads, “if You can do anything... help us.” Then The Living Word speaks, “all things are possible to him who believes.” The father knows the state of his belief. It’s small. He then asks the Source of Faith for more faith. I believe that the most important part of this conversation is not the miraculous outcome for the boy. It is that this father, who began his conversation addressing Jesus as ‘teacher’ has moved to calling Jesus ‘Lord’. In my own journey to faith, I sat at the bedside of my six-year-old niece who was dying of a rare cancer. I took her to Jesus. Wasn’t He supposed to perform miracles when doctors could do nothing? I opened the Bible, and when I read this passage from Mark, I cried out, “Help Thou my unbelief!” And He did! It was six months from her diagnosis to death. Another year and a half I soaked in the Word of God and then I called Him my Lord. All things are possible, even transforming spiritual death into life. Warmly in Christ, Karen Kurth

For Reflection:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2 KJV)

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 NIV)

  1. Do I desire faith (trust in God) or do I desire the comfortable resolution of my problems here and now?

  2. Are my current circumstances driving me closer to God (consolation) or driving me away from God (desolation)? If the answer is desolation, then what can I do to switch my focus?

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