I've often found myself in the same situation as the father in this story. His comment "but, if you can do anything..." seems to position Jesus as "another option." It also sheds light on the fact that failure comes with a certain amount of trauma. We find this in the father's statement, "I believe, but help my unbelief." Years of his son having near-death experiences. Years of try this...try that. Frustrating. We've all been there. Simply put, it's not long into our walk with God that we begin to experience similar episodes in our lives right? What we perceive to be failure is only serving to refine us (Psalm 66:10). It is here that God:
It's been said that God isn't all you need until He's all you have left. Jesus often asked "...do you believe I can do this (Mattnew 9:28)?" It's as if He's saying,
"Am I the only option now? I know you've leaned on the practical things like hard work, spread sheets, politics & manipulations but they've all failed. Guess what, I was in control of that. Are you ready to see "who I really am" in your life? Now, bring me your (thing) and let me show you and everyone around you that I AM!"
What's funny is right before the "scene of the unbelief (Mark 9:14-29)," Jesus was on the Mount Of Transfiguration showing who He REALLY WAS (Mark 9:2-7)!
There's always a tendency towards a breach in our belief. Even Peter was on the Mount Of Transfiguration and he later denied Christ. Bottom line, is God is always faithful to allow our systems to fail. So that can come to Him having abandoned all other possibilities. Is He all you have left?
In the middle of system failure, He's helping us to believe.
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