June 6, 2018

What I read today

Exodus 23-24; Psalm 37; Isaiah 37; Mark 9; 2 Corinthians 5

In Mark, we see the story of a child who is demon possessed.  He has battled his demons for years.  His father is now desperate.  He knows that the longer this goes on the more likely it is that the demon will destroy his son.

He comes to Jesus disciples and they can’t take away the demon.

In desperation, as Jesus comes down from the mountain he turns directly to Jesus for help.

And he says “Lord if you can help”.  You can hear the years of effort in his voice.  All the doctors, all the rabbi’s and now disciples none of them could help.  Now standing in front of Jesus he says “if”.

Jesus looks at him and says “what do you mean if I can help him.  I’m the creator of the universe.  I can do anything I want and I will if you believe I can.”

The father looks down at the ground and says “help me overcome my unbelief.”

How often do we allow our doubts and fears to control us?  How often do we fail to see that Jesus is there to help if we’d only believe he can help.  How often do we hand a problem over to Jesus only to reach out and grab it and pull right back to our own efforts?  We doubt we fear, we worry.

That’s why we need Jesus.  In spite of our unbelief.  In spite of all our fear and worry.  He is faithful.  Just like in the story in Mark, Jesus comes through for us each and every day.  In spite of our unfaithfulness, in spite of our sinfulness and in spite of our doubt.

He is always there!

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