(Note: This article is my weekly "Seeking Higher Ground" column which will appear in the March 29 edition of the Linn County (KS) News.)
In the gospel of Mark we are told about a father who had a boy that was demon possessed. The father came to Jesus’ disciples seeking help, but they were unable. Then Jesus came on the scene and asked the father if he “believed.” Or to put it another way, did the man have “faith” in Jesus?
The Bible says that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) So while faith is necessary, it is also an impossibility in one who is spiritually dead, which all of us are by nature. The father of the young boy, in his desperation realizes this and cries out to Jesus, “I believe. Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) The father no doubt believed Jesus had the ability to help his son, but he knew that something was lacking regarding his “faith” and that something could only be fixed and supplied by Jesus’ divine touch.
What was true for the father in this story is true for each and every one of us. We must have faith to please God; and that faith must come as a gift from God himself (see Ephesians 2:8-10). What you need to get you through today can only come from the Lord. What you need for eternal salvation can only come from the Lord. Are you desperate enough to cry out to the Lord as this father did?
Pride often steps in to thwart your desperation for God. Spiritual ignorance does the same thing. People think they are in a good standing with God, when in fact they are not. Sadly, the sin curse mars every aspect of our being; including our realizing our need for God.
Seek the Lord today, while He may be found. Cry out to Jesus and ask for His mercy regarding whatever trial you might be facing. Ask Him to grant you faith and more faith to face whatever you may face. And if you’ve never turned from your sin in repentance and submitted your life to Him by faith, do so today. Only Jesus can give you the faith you truly need. Only Jesus can save the sinner and set the spiritual prisoner free. Look to Him today and don’t be afraid to cry out to Him, “Help my unbelief!”