God Is in Control
In today's Scripture passage, a father brings his demon-possessed son to the Lord. Nothing is more important to this father than to see his son healed, and he believes that Jesus has the power to do it.
When he finally reaches Jesus, the father experiences a slight hesitation in his faith. He requests, “If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” (v. 22). Jesus, sensing the man's subtle doubts, replies, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes” (v. 23).
Without hesitation, the father realizes the disparity between his words and his actions, and he cries out, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (v. 24). What an odd statement! What are we to think—does this man have faith or not?
Yet, when we look closer, we realize that this father was crying out in complete, unashamed honesty to the Lord. He knew that there was no point in attempting to "puff up" his faith before Jesus. Instead, he humbly admits that, while he does in fact believe in Jesus' saving power, some things—such as his concern for his son—can still interfere with his faith in God.
Alexander Michael said, “Knowing the One who is in control is everything.” Do you believe that God has the power to change your life? Do you allow outside influences to affect your faith in Jesus Christ? If so, be honest with the Lord about your fluctuating faith, but always remember that His power does not ebb and flow along with our confidence in Him. Regardless of how we feel, God is always in control.
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