WOULD YOU ALSO DOUBT HIM?
“Jesus asked the boy's father, ‘How long has he been like this?’ ‘From childhood,’ he answered. ‘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.’ ‘“If you can”?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’ Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:21-24 NIV).
While Jesus Christ and three of His disciples were away on the Mount of Transfiguration, a drama was unfolding between the other disciples and the teachers of the law. What was the drama? A possessed boy was brought to the disciples for deliverance, but they could not deliver him. Then, the teachers of the law were arguing with the disciple (Mark 9:14-15). The argument might be on the ability of Jesus to do the deliverance.
Jesus Christ arrived during the moment. He asked them the cause of the argument. He was told. Jesus denounced both His disciples' incompetence and the unbelief of the people. More importantly, He wanted to heal the boy, but the response of his father to Jesus' question was an expression of doubt about Jesus' ability to perform the miracle: "If you can do anything…." Why did Jesus re-echo this clause again? It showed His surprise about the father's unbelief. It perplexed Him about their hollow faith in Him. Yet He added that if anyone could believe in Him, there would be no problem that the person cannot confront. Think about the man's response. Immediately he asked Jesus for help to overcome his unbelief. Then his son was eventually delivered from the evil spirit.
You also might have been asking God to do something for you, but at times, doubt casts shadow on your faith. It seems that the problem is becoming more critical than before. Perhaps some people might have told you that there is no way out of the problem. Whose words would you believe? Would you also doubt God? Think of Jesus' word to doubtful Martha, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40 NIV).
What people or your circumstances dictate may seem sensible, but may not be God's words. Do not doubt God about your situation. Believe that He will do it. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on November 2, 2003.