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Help My Unbelief!

“We too believe, and so we speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).

This sums up our Christian life. We believe God sent His son to live a perfect life and die for our sins and that He raised Him from the dead, so we tell everyone, so that “as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God” (v. 15). But how do we find strength to believe and speak when we doubt, when our belief is attacked, when trials abound?

Mark 9:17-29 can teach us how to keep the faith. It’s the story of a father whose son had been possessed since he was a boy by a spirit that threw him into violent seizures. Though the father’s faith was wavering, he still turned to Jesus. “I believe,” the father cried. “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). In the same breath, this man professed his faith and confessed his doubt. Haven’t we all been there? We believe in Jesus’ power, yet we have a hard time believing He can come through in our particular situation.

It’s okay! 2 Corinthians 4:14 reminds us that just as God raised Jesus, He will raise us and bring us to Him. That’s exactly what Jesus did for this doubting man and his son: “Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up” (Mark 9:27). Put your faith, however wavering, in the Lord, and see how he lifts you up and restores you.


Reflect:

  • Think of a time when your faith has been strong. Think of a time when you have doubted God. How did God help strengthen your unbelief?
  • What situation do you need to be praying for God to lift you out of? How can you pray for others who need to be lifted up?
  • What can you increase your thanksgiving of?

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