“I do believe but help me overcome my unbelief…” (Mark 9:24)
I have to say, if there is a scripture that makes me breathe a sigh of relief, it’s this one above!
I know I’ve been in those situations where I’ve come to God believing He is able to do what I’ve asked Him, yet a part of me that still had a grip on my own understanding—causing me to still have that ounce of doubt. Just like this man we find in Mark 9, who goes to Jesus in desperation because his son needed healing from being demonically possessed since he was a little child and he says to Jesus, “If you can do anything, please have mercy on us.” Then Jesus replied, “If I can? Anything is possible to those who believe.” The man responds: “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief“(Mark 9:14-24).
Such a powerful moment of transparency. Perhaps it’s something that we need to confess to God more.
Doubt isn’t looked at too fondly in this walk of faith. But could it be that doubt holds an integral part of our faith? Could it be that this walk with God is not about reaching a specific destination that guarantees to rid doubt completely, but about taking this wild adventure where doubt rides along side once in awhile yet is confronted when we choose to take it to the Father rather than having it take us away from Him?
Could it be without doubt—our faith cannot be proven?
As I get closer to the heart of God, this journey becomes so beautiful to me. Why? Because I realize that it’s not a prim and proper path that God has asked me to walk on. It’s a path that guarantees pain, discomfort, and falls while at the same time offering comfort, guidance, peace and grace pits that keep us moving forward.
That’s what this journey with Christ is about. Faith doesn’t mean we have it all together. Faith simply means you are choosing to place your doubt in something and someone more all knowing than you—God!
We are always going to have questions. We are always going to search. And I believe there in the search lies the power of our faith. The search is proof that we can never rely on ourselves. Our questions and our searching will point us to the one and true God and His infallible word. We don’t have to quench the beauty of this journey by focusing on what we don’t know. We have the opportunity to take it to someone Who does. Just like this man was honest and real with his unbelief, God calls us to the same transparency.
We can say to our God, “Father—I believe…but can you help me overcome the unbelief that is still in me? Can you keep showing yourself to me?” And God delights in answering those prayers.
I believe this quote sums it up perfectly…
“If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naive faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”
Peace, love, and blessings,