09 Jan Mark 9:14-26

14 When they came back to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him. 16 And He asked them, “What are you discussing with them?” 17 And one of the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; 18 and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.” 19 And He *answered them and *said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!” 20 They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21 And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.” 26 After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!”

A man brought his long sick, demon possessed son to Jesus because His disciples failed to heal him. When Jesus comes on the scene, the man says to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”. Jesus sharply responds to the father by saying, “If You can?” Doubt is normal, even for godly people. Doubts about the supernatural are normal. If you’ve ever doubted you’re in good company. When we don’t share in the experiences of others, it can initiate doubt. Doubt can be beneficial, if it motivates investigation. Doubt can help us discern truth from error but it can also be detrimental if it disregards the evidence and is indecisive. Prolonged and indecisive doubt often leads to disabilities, sours our personality, robs our joy, and makes us cynical towards others who do believe. Doubt negates our witness and nullifies our prayers. Doubt empowers us to excuse our ongoing immorality. If you are a doubter, you should investigate the evidence and I promise, you will receive what you need…a relationship with Jesus and even more. In spite of his doubts, Jesus healed the man’s son. Maybe we are in a similar place and would pray with this father, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”