Mark 9:17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I long for the day when I have deep and profound faith in every aspect of life, but there are a few places where my faith is weak. Oddly enough my faith seems weakest where my love is strongest. I see that in this man. He wants to believe, but this is his child, the stakes are high. In his mind, I am sure he knows that God is more powerful than he is and so do I. I’m sure he wants to believe and he probably even knows Jesus is more capable than he is. I know I do. And so in a moment when fear is strong and faith is weak, this dad has a moment of profound honesty. He simply says “I do believe, help me with my unbelief.” Jesus is strong and great and I know that and I know I can trust Him with anything, there are times where I just struggle and it is in that moment that He is there to help us. I do believe in Him, and in those times where my faith is weak, He is strong, strong enough even to overcome my disbelief and help me through it.
He is good and He is here to help.