Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
Can you believe it? I’ve uttered those four words often. I’ve witnessed God at work, and yet I struggle to believe.
My husband and I are self-employed. He’s an architect, and I am his office administrator. In the early 2000s, we struggled financially to keep our business afloat. We experienced a period of uncertainty that I will never forget.
Our business checking account balance was inadequate to meet payroll. Six weeks in a row, we prayed for God to provide and on six paydays a check came in the mail. The check was written for exactly what was needed to pay our employees and cover the government’s portion. Six weeks of praying, waiting, and watching God at work. The checks were never for more than what was needed and never for less.
I knew it happened, because I was the one who opened the mail, recorded, stamped, and deposited every one of those checks. Yet I struggled to believe God would continue to provide.
I empathize with the father in today’s Scripture. He wanted to believe Jesus could heal his son yet he struggled with unbelief. The tension between wanting to believe and believing is not limited to me or the father in Mark 9:24. Unbelieving belief is a universal struggle. May the tension be eased as we trust in him—the One whose specialty is doing the unbelievable.
Allow God to transform your unbelief into authentic belief.
Kathy Troyer, and her husband of forty-six years, are active in Cultivate [Wesleyan] Church in Indiana. They love spending time with their family—especially thirteen grandkids.
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