Mark 9:
22 “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.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

The boy’s father still needs God’s solution after the disciples’ failure. He speaks to Jesus saying, ‘if you can’. The boy’s father knew the disciples could not. Perhaps, Jesus can. How often might we ask Jesus ‘if he can’? We have seen instances where prayers of well meaning people ‘could not’.

Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes. The man replies that he does believe and needs help to overcome his unbelief. So which is it? Do you believe or not believe? In your battle between belief and unbelief, one of them will lead. There are no 50-50 balances between faith and doubt. Either belief has the majority vote in your life or the opposition rules.

This man chose to put what he believes first. I do believe. Help my unbelief.

You cannot resolve doubt without the presence of faith to lead the way. What are you doing with your doubts and questions? Unless you are lead first by what you do believe, you will not get answers that satisfy.

In the face of failure, this man chose to trust God. The experience of others showed dramatic help from the hands of God. The man had reason to believe that God could change his reality. The opposition leaders were quick to point out the disciples’ ineffectiveness. There are always at least two opinions on matters that require faith.

The real question is which leads you? Belief or unbelief? Faith or doubt? You cannot stay fixed in place. Eventually you will know what you choose to believe. What do you choose to believe?

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. How has God spoken to you?

Have you spent too long on the killing floor and lost your sense of smell? It’s time to climb the mountain of prayer and let God be seen for whom He is.

I do believe. Help my unbelief.


Lozt Dog said…
You claim that faith and doubt are separate. Isn't it possible that doubt is often a sign that one's faith has a pulse, that it's alive and well and exploring and searching. Faith and doubt aren't opposites, they are, it turns out, excellent dance partners. (Rob Bell) Only a man with incredible ego could say that we could not linger in doubt...for many have strengthened their faith by allowing themselves to sit and rest in doubt, in solitude and aloneness. In fact, many have found faith by allowing themselves to not rush away from that which scared them, caused them to question, and asked the Author if He/She exists. The doubter should be praised for examining their faith...not discarded like they are unwanted and unworthy. And that, my friend, is wisdom. Doubt.
Kevin Rogers said…
Interesting thoughts. Thank you.

Faith and doubt do co-exist, but I think one will rule over the other in the end. I came to renewed faith after making room for my own doubts. Faith was not so much of a choice, as a willingness to recognize what was placed inside me and letting it grow. It is God that awakens our faith, not our logic, upbringing or fear.

I like what Peter said-- But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

Unwanted and unworthy are sad words... let the new day come.
Lozt Dog said…
Hey Kev,

I'm thinking that the focus is the "Go. Do good. Don't worry about the doubt part." message that gets passed on by Jesus to the apostles/followers of the day. It seems to me that the historical Christ was less concerned about the doubts his closest followers had and more concerned that they would head out to be his hands and feet to the world.

The act of faith is a choice- not unlike the act of unbelief. The act of faith is not simply a leap- it's a leap that requires you to not have reservations about your jump.

I find faith/doubt/certainty/uncertainty extremely interesting concepts. While I do not believe that we can be certain about historical texts, I do find them interesting and worthy of discussion. It is the certainty in faith that, in my opinion, can actually cause the future problems. It's the insistence on 100% certainty that can cause injury.

I love magic tricks. When I watch the magicians try and FOOL US on Penn & Teller, I am certain they have done a number on the Hosts. Most of the time they have not. I am so easily fooled.

We can be fooled into believing that our faith must be certain. That we need to know 100% without a doubt that something is or is not true. Doctrine is this way. Doctrine can trick us into being certain about what many are uncertain of. If this were not so, we'd have one big church.

Should this not be the case for the believer, should we do as the historical Jesus did and just encourage them to continue to "Go. Do good. Don't worry about having all your ducks in a row right now."

Or do we say, "Go. Don't do good until you got your Theology straight."

The historical Jesus seemed to seek out the doubter- not send them away.