June 12, 2019·Jasmine Penkey
In Mark 9, a father searches for a cure for his son. He brings his son to Jesus’ disciples who, unfortunately, were unable to do anything for him. His last resort was to go to Jesus Himself. He desperately asks Him, “‘But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us.’ ‘If you can’? said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief’” (Mark 9:22b-24). Jesus commands the evil spirit to leave the boy, and the boy is set free.
What’s great about this story is that the Lord does more than set this boy free. You see, the father brought his questions and needs before the Lord. He knew he had more to lose by not asking. That day, the father’s gift was two-fold: his son was set free, and he was given the gift of increased faith. That moment, Jesus did more for the father than he was expecting. He brought him perspective, joy, and hope. Perspective that God CAN, is willing and able, but also calls us to a life of faith. Joy in knowing that God truly does have compassion on our concerns. Hope in God’s graciousness to us, even in our admitted unbelief.
Interestingly enough, a few verses prior to, AND after, this story, the disciples had questions for Jesus (Mark 9:9-10, 31-32). Unfortunately, they didn’t ask Jesus their questions, because they were too afraid to ask (Mark 9:32). I’m curious to know how different the story would have been, had they asked. I wonder how the added knowledge and perspective would have built their faith and hope, as they soon approached the death of their Savior.
This week, I invite you to ask God your questions. Don’t let fear get in your way. Ask Him to bring perspective, meaning, and hope in all your concerns. Be open to His response, and let Him help you in any areas of unbelief. He welcomes your questions and desires to walk you through them.
Pastor Jasmine Penkey