What If I Believe What I Believe?

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

            I lowered my Bible, scratched my head. So does the guy believe, or not? This father had a son who was demon-possessed since childhood rendering him unable to speak. The spirit within threw him to the ground, caused him to foam at the mouth and convulse (Yeah, think The Exorcist). It had even tried to kill him via fire and drowing. The father pleaded with Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

Crafty little comment. Puts the burden of responsibility on God to get the job done. I imagine Jesus raised His dark brow, robed arms folded across his chest. Maybe even tapped a sandaled foot on that middle eastern dirt. “’If you can’?”

I’d have totally expected holy lightning to strike here. But Jesus simply followed with, “…Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”Help Me With My Unbelief

It caused me to wonder: Do I believe what I believe?

I considered myself, my family, my community, my church, people featured on the news, the adoescent culture…

~If I really believe that I am a dearly loved, chosen child of God – as His word states – wouldn’t I treat that S-L-O-W cashier with a measure of kindness?

~If I really believe I am cherished – as His word states – wouldn’t I readily extend that love to others?

~If I really believe I am fearfully, wonderfully made – as His word states – would I cut myself?

~If I really believe my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit – as His word states – would I trash it with ingratitude, unhealthy food, mind-altering chemicals, allow it to become inactive?

~If I really believe God is my provider – as His word states – would I worry about my bank account and refuse to give (uh, generously)?

~If I really believe children are a gift from the Lord – as His word states – would I treat them as a pain in the shorts?

~If I really believe God wishes no one to perish – as His word states – would I refuse to speak His name when given the opportunity?

~If I really believe God heals the brokenhearted, mends emotional wounds – as His word states – would I maintain a toxic death grip on resentment and bitterness?

~If I really believe God forgives completely – as His word states – would I refuse to forgive?

~If I really believe Christ cares for my needs – as His word states – would I persist in worrying?

~If I really believe God is the Creator of time – as His word states – would I refuse to visit a nursing home when He prompts me, convincing myself “I ain’t got time for that!”

~If I really believe He heals the lame, the sick – as His word states – would I fitfully seek my own methods to get well?

~If I really believe I am precious and honored in His sight – as His word states – would I seek affirmation from others or freely give my body away?

~If I really believe He completes the work He began – as His word states – would I give up on relentless prayer for a wayward adolescent?

So if I really believe that everything is possible for him who believes – as His word states – wouldn’t I act like it?

If I believe what I believe then I know – as His word states – everything is possible for me. I am free to act like, well, a believer. And extend an extra big smile of thanks for that S-L-O-W cashier. Because maybe, just maybe, that S-L-O-W cashier could use some help with his unbelief.

1 Comment

  1. Bruce says:

    Believe me when I say, “You’re a believer!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.