Letting the Past be the Past
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:20-29
Key Verse: Mark 9:23
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Today’s scripture tells an amazing story of a boy being healed of a terrible disease. The father brought his sick son to the disciples and they failed to accomplish anything. This was, undoubtedly, discouraging to the father as well as the disciples. Have you ever asked God to heal you or someone else and felt turned down? Humanly, we can feel rejected by God at times like this, asking the “why” questions that seldom get answers.
This father persists in his efforts and makes his way to Jesus. After telling Jesus of the failed attempt of the disciples, Jesus rebukes the disciples for their unbelief. This is another lesson on the critical element of faith. Jesus demands an abandonment when it comes to faith…a total “leap” of trust in God’s power and love. He desperately wanted His disciples, at least, to get this right in their lives.
Our futures are only as bright as our faith in a mighty God in Heaven. Is God challenging you to take some leap of trust… an abandonment to self-preservation? Do you believe that God can “catch” you in your “free fall”? Miracles are made with this kind of faith!
It’s my opinion that the first step to overcoming our unbelief is receiving a “rebuke” for it. Apply these words to yourself: “how long shall Jesus stay with you or put up with you in your state of unbelief?” Truly receive the truth from God’s Word – anything not of faith is sin! (Romans 14:23). Don’t go easy on yourself in this area. Remember the words of Hebrews 11:6 – “It is impossible to please God without faith.” Go ahead – take the leap!
Father, my unbelief keeps me from experiencing your many miracles for my life. I confess my doubts and fears and repent of my lack of faith! In Jesus Name, amen.