I do believe; help me
In this day of modern technology, words often take on new meanings. For example, if someone asks, “Could you please send that to me?”; they could be referring to sending a letter or box through the mail. But, more often than not, a person is referring to sending a picture from one cell phone to another.
Recently, our daughter took a picture of our 2 1/2 year old grandson sitting on his daddy’s lap. As soon as the picture was taken, our grandson said, “Mommy, send this to me.” We all had a good laugh over this, as he obviously didn’t have an understanding of what he was asking.
I remembered this story as I was reading the father’s question in Mark 9:22-24, it reads, “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can?All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately, the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Did this father understand what he was asking Jesus, the great Physician?
I find that the answer to this question is found in the way the word “understand” is defined.
Our grandson is too young to “understand” what he was asking... based on the intellectual abilities of a two-year-old.
Scripture gives us some details about the father’s perspective on his son’s illness. In verse 21, Jesus asks the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, ‘From childhood.”
This father had been searching for help for a long time. As parents, we understand the hurt of this dad that can’t seem to find answers for his child. His question for Jesus is in desperation. But it was not in desperation for Jesus, but for an answer. He is coming to Jesus without faith.
Sometimes, we are not much different with the circumstances in our lives. We search for answers in the flesh and we try to control the situation. Then when we do come to the Lord in prayer (asking), but we approach it as just another option to attempt. All the while, we need to see that Jesus is THE answer.
When Jesus says to the boy’s father, “If I can? All things are possible for one who believes.”
I picture Jesus, in His love and mercy, emphatically saying: “If I can” in order to shake the father’s fleshly thinking, and cause him to really hear Jesus’s words, “All things are possible for one who believes.”
Is there a circumstance you are attempting to control? Are you trying to understand it from a fleshly perspective? Are you seeing prayer only as an option to throw into the mix?
May our hearts cry out to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
I am so thankful for this verse. It welcomes you and me to be real with the Lord.
For I do believe, but for the many times I get it wrong; Jesus accepts and welcomes a heart that is real, calling out transparently, “Help my unbelief!”
Weekly Memory Verse
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.