Is believing always easy? In times of ease, we just go through life without even thinking about the bumps in the road that God has smoothed. But when we feel the bumps—illness, loss of job, loss of a loved one, terrorist attack, school shooting—then we remember and pray.
Jesus, Peter, James and John came down from the mount of transfiguration to find the other disciples in the midst of an argument with the teachers of the law. Jesus asked the subject of the argument.
“Teacher, I brought You my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech,” (vs 17 NIV) a man in the crowd responded. The disciples had been unable to cast out the demon.
“If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us,” (vs 22 NIV) the father pleaded. IF! “If You can?” Jesus asked. (vs 23 NIV) “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (vs 23 NIV) The father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (vs 24 NIV)
In the King James this verse is: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief!” This father stood before the Lord with just that small kernel of faith, and the hope that Jesus could and would feel compassion and take pity on him and his son and would end their suffering with this evil spirit. But Jesus stood there asking him to stretch his faith, to trust when he didn’t know how far he could stretch. So he begged Jesus to help him. And Jesus rewarded his belief and his honesty by casting out the demon.
Are you in a crisis of faith, pleading with God, “If you can.” Jesus still responds, “If I can?” Know that “With God all things are possible,” (Matthew 19:26 NIV) even the ability, the faith to accept that this suffering may be God’s will to bring about change in your heart. “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief!” Believe and expect great things!