Hope – The Bible is Greek to Me

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My daughters are among the greatest blessings of my life. I love and adore them. They are amazing women, whom I often refer to as “my girls.” When my girls are suffering, ill, or hurting, I hurt deeply. I am a momma bear when it comes to them—I have a difficult time forgiving people who hurt them or make fun of them.

Lead Pastor Ben Snyder spoke this week about the father of the demon-possessed boy  (Mark 9:14-29). My heart really went out to the father—his son had been suffering terribly since he was a little boy. The boy was possessed by an evil spirit that wouldn’t let him speak. The demon would seize the boy and throw him to the ground, causing him to foam at the mouth. It even tried to kill the man’s son by throwing him in fire and water. The boy suffered physically and emotionally and was very likely ostracized and bullied.

At that time, illness and possessions were thought to be caused by the sin of the parents or child. Can you imagine the pain this man suffered watching helplessly as his child suffered? I imagine the father did everything he could possibly do to help his son. I bet he had given up hope.

Then one day, the father hears about Jesus’ disciples healing people and casting out demons. He starts to hope and takes his son to them. He sees people all around him being healed and finally has hope that his son will be healed. He is overjoyed and excited.

I picture one of the disciples walking up to his son and laying a hand on him. The disciple attempts to cast out the demon and nothing happens. The father is heartbroken and hopeless. He probably believes this was the boy’s last chance to be set free from the demon.

Then Jesus shows up. They have a discussion. Finally, the father asks Jesus:

Mark 9:22b-24
22 “Have mercy on us and help us if you can. 23 What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” 24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me in my unbelief.”

I love this. The father is so heartbroken. He wants to believe Jesus can heal his son, yet, he is afraid to have hope. He is desperate and hopeless. He looks to Jesus and humbly asks him, “Help me in my unbelief.”

We will have doubts in this life. We will go through tough times when we’ll question God.

Ben gave us tips on what to do when we have doubts:

  • Stay curious: Ask questions.
  • Stay humble: Trust in God not yourself.
  • Stay faithful: Lean on God during the tough times.

God loves us so much. He wants us to share everything with him, including our doubts. He can take our questions. We can trust him. He is our refuge and strength.

Psalm 62:8 NIV
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

How do you deal with your doubts about God? How can doubt help your faith grow stronger? How often do you discuss your doubts with God?

Next Steps:
Next time you have doubts go to the Lord in prayer. Admit to God that you have doubts and ask him to help you in your unbelief. Journal what happens.

Lord, I love you so much. I am so grateful that the God of the universe loves me and wants a personal relationship with me. He wants me to come to him with all of my questions and doubts. I praise him that I can lean on him during the tough times and that he is always with me. I know he uses these tough times to increase my trust and faith in him. I praise you for being my refuge and my strength. I trust you and revere you! Amen.

This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.

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