It’s doesn’t look good. Will you please pray?
Those were the words I heard concerning a friend a while back. Although I said I’d pray and of course I did, I have to admit when I heard the diagnosis I automatically had a grim outlook on the outcome.
Right off the bat I let my knowledge of human know-how override the know-how of God.
Why would I do that? I absolutely believe that God can do the impossible. So why do I sometimes put so much weight on man’s perspective instead of God’s power?
Probably for the same reasons we don’t witness the miracles here in the U.S. that some see while working in third world countries.
You’ve heard that ignorance is bliss? In this case of faith, ignorance can bless.
A few weeks ago I came across a story in the Bible that explains this misplaced faith. This same reference in Scripture is one that has always disturbed me until recently. The account of this story is given in three of the four Gospels Mark 9:14-50, Luke 9:23-45, and Matthew 17: 14-20. Today we’re going to look at from Matthew’s point of view.
“When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. ‘Lord, have mercy on my son,’ he said. ‘He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.’ ‘You unbelieving and perverse generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.’ Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’
He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you’” (Matthew 17:14-20).
I had always wondered why the disciples couldn’t call out this demon. One chapter earlier, in Matthew 10, Jesus had given power to the disciples to heal and exorcise demons and they were doing a fine job at it up until this moment. Did they suddenly lose the faith they had?
During this time in this culture it was a belief among the Jewish exorcists that one must know the name of the demon if one was to call it out of a person. This demon-possessed boy in the story was mute. No one had ever heard the demon’s name. The disciples knowing this let doubt creep in where their faith had been.
They let their human knowledge override their Jesus given gift.
And maybe we do the same.We may unequivocally believe God can do the impossible yet waver in the face of man’s scientific data. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s part of the devil’s deception to use man’s knowledge against the One who gave it. @christy_mobley Click To Tweet
This is why the father of the demon-possessed boy came to Jesus and cried out, “I do believe; help me with my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).
And friends, we are to do the same, by putting our pride aside and humbly coming to the feet of Jesus saying, I believe Lord, please help me overcome my doubt. In Jesus’s name, amen.
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