November 03, 2021 Bruce Reynolds

Believe

Believe

It wasn’t that long ago, when the mall actually had stores, that there was a theme during the Christmas holiday. It was everywhere you looked. That theme was “Believe.” Now as I was rushing around trying to figure out what I was going to surprise my bride with that year I couldn’t help but notice that word. The question that I had was, believe what? What did this business want me to place my faith in? Because I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a whole lot of spiritual meaning to this. To ask someone to believe something seems to be a powerful request. You are asking someone to place their faith in you and what you say. That is an extremely brazen request unless you are one who can deliver.

In my devotions today I was in the book of Mark chapter nine. In that chapter we see the transfiguration. When the Lord came down from His mountain top experience the devil was right there waiting for Him. In this case there was a demon possessed boy. This demon had tried to destroy this boy for quite some time by trying to drown him and by throwing him in the fire. There was no help at all for this father and his son. Even the Lord’s disciples failed in trying to deliver this boy from the demon. Then came Jesus.

The man in his desperation cried out to Jesus what the problem was and what it was doing to his boy. In verse 22 the man finally cries out, “But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” I understand that this man was desperate. I’m sure he tried every means possible to help his son, but apparently, he doesn’t know who he is speaking to. In truth he is asking God if He can do anything to help. In fact, Jesus even repeated the question back to him in verse 23, “‘If you can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Do we really believe what Jesus just said? Is it true all things are possible if we believe? Believe what? What do we need to believe for all things to be possible?

We must believe that Jesus is God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” The Bible speaks a lot about belief and faith and with it comes great opportunities to grow and see God work. In this man’s case he got honest with Jesus. Back in Mark 9:24 he replied, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” How did Jesus respond to such a comment? Sorry tough out of luck, you didn’t believe enough. No sir, not our Jesus. He understood the man was doing his best to believe but needed more faith.

You know, it’s okay to get honest with Jesus and tell Him you are having trouble believing. It’s okay to tell Him you are doing your best to believe but struggling. He knows. Can I remind all of us today that nothing is impossible for our Jesus? What is it that is making you struggle? Jesus can fix it. Do you believe Him? I know it’s hard at times. The mountain is so real, and Jesus seems so far away, but He is here, and He knows where you are. Believe! Believe that all things are possible. Trust Him today in a way that you’ve never trusted before. Allow Him to be God in your life. Believe! He will never let you down. That my beloved is a promise.