This morning I was reading out of my sutdy “Living Beyond Yourself” by Kay Arthur and the topic we are discussing is Faith. We began by looking at an account found in Mark 9:14-32 about father who’s son was having seizures and being tormented by an evil spirit. When Jesus came onto the scene, the father said to Jesus “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to Him “If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes”.
The father uses the words “but” and “if” in his request to Jesus. I can imagine that this father was tired, desperate, scared and probably had tried everything he knew he could do possible to help his son. Maybe his journey made him use the words “but” and “if” with Jesus. I’ve been there for sure. Have you ever tried every other solution you could possibly think of but went to Jesus last? So that by the time you kneel down your spirit has been worn down and you don’t know if even any solution is even possible for God? However, our next text looked at three friends who were looking in the face of death and still demonstrated great faith.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were about to be thrown into a firey furnace for refusing to worship the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar. In response to the king they said “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand O King. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” WOAH! You mean to tell me that these dudes hadn’t even seen Jesus and were talking with this kind of faith! Even to the point of dying a very scary death? Faith sometimes means knowing God can, whether or not He does. If He chooses not to He has a greater glory in mind (Kay Arthur). In case you don’t know the conclusion of this story, they were thrown into the flames but they were not consumed. Jesus saved them and they were brought out of the flames not even smelling like smoke! (we will save that for another day!)
I felt convicted by this portion of the study. I do believe that Jesus came to this earth, I believe that Jesus is God, that He died for my sins, rose the third day and I believe that He is coming back again. But many times I have trouble believing that my personal requests to God will not be answered...almost like the father in Mark 9. However Jesus answered the father by saying anything is possible to them that believe. So I will mimic what the father said to Jesus “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”
I think that when we doubt that God can do something it’s because we are forgetting who He is and who His Son is. If you wanted to get some Michael Jordan sneakers and you told Michael himself to get you some Jordans you wouldn’t doubt that he could get a pair of his newest, freshest, flyest, shoes would you? In the same way we go to the King of the Universe the one who created all things ask Him to move a mountain in our life and turn around to doubt his abilities. Look at what this scripture says about Jesus.(I paraphrased)
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, the ruler of the kings of the earth, the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood and made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father. (Rev. 1:5-6)
When I read this scripture I’m reminded about how AWESOME HE IS and how not awesome I am. Jesus is able to do anything. Let’s not forget who HE IS and maybe it will be easier to believe that He can do anything if we just believe.