By Eddie Lombard.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9: 21 – 24
In this account, we find a boy who has been possessed by an evil spirit from childhood. The spirit has tried many times to kill him by throwing him into fire or water. This fire and water should remind us of God’s judgment and the fact that Satan has been trying to destroy man from the beginning. The disciples tried to drive out the evil spirit but could not dispute the fact that they could not do it. All this points us to the powerlessness of man and our deep need for a Saviour. Up steps Jesus and with a word He drives out the evil spirit. In doing this Jesus shows His unique ability to defeat Satan and save man.
In the middle of all of this we have Jesus’ interaction with the boy’s father. At first, the father just wanted Jesus to do “anything” he could. In the father’s mind anything was better that what they had at that time. Jesus immediately challenges the father’s thinking and calls him to trust God because “everything is possible for one who believes”, even the saving of his son from a desperate and deadly situation. The father’s response is so telling. He wanted to believe but he knows that by himself he can’t and so he cries out for help:
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Jesus is unique. He is the only one that can save us from Satan and his plan to destroy us. Just like the father, we are called to “listen to Jesus”, to trust Him and Him alone. To cry out like the father did: “O Lord please help me with my unbelief”.
Ask God to help you to listen to Jesus and to cry out in your unbelief for help to trust Jesus.