I Believe; Help My Unbelief

Our faith is in God, who has the power to heal and holds power over the grave. Our complete hope and trust is in Him. But that does not mean we don't completely lose it at times. It does not mean we don't struggle at times with why He is allowing this to happen to our sweet and beautiful little girl or wonder how we're gonna make it over the long haul, let alone another hour.

A few chapters after Jesus raised the young girl, Mark records another story of Jesus approaching a young man who needed healing and his father (Mark 9). When Jesus told the father to believe that He could make the boy well, the man exclaimed these wonderful words: "I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

We live in a broken world, a world with sickness, disease, and death. Although we may struggle to see it at times, Christ has already won the victory over sin, death, hell, and the devil. The restoration of all things that He has promised will happen, just like all of His promises are kept. Often times, however, in the dark nights and even in the good times, we may struggle to believe what we know we believe, and that's exactly why God has given us grace. When I cry out, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief,” He answers my plea through the Holy Spirit’s work in my heart, through the truths I am reminded of about Him in His Word, and through the love that He shows me through His people!

I say all this because I want ya'll to know that it’s okay to struggle or wrestle with what you know to be true about our God. Just read Job; there are something like 40 chapters of wrestling before he settles it all with his statement of unwavering trust in who God is. I've sat and counseled with so many people over the years that have the same story. Let's let each other struggle well. But let's help each other hold firm to the hope we have in the gospel—a certain hope that our God is sovereign, that He loves us, and that He has an awesome rescue plan! One day this broken world will be made new, and those who trust Him will enjoy the beauty of the new creation without sin, sickness, or suffering. Come, Lord Jesus.

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