Reading: Mark 9: 14-29
Verse 22: “But if at all possible for You, have compassion on us and help us. Do something if You can.”
Verse 23: “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Yeshua asked. “Anything is possible IF a person believes.”
Verse 24: The father replied instantly, “I do believe, but help me not to doubt.”
Mark 10: 27: And looking at them intently Jesus said, “Humanly speaking it is impossible. But not with God. EVERYTHING is possible with YHWH.”
How often do we pray asking for answers or assistance with events in life. We say with our mouths that we believe, that Elohim gives all things and can do all things, but what does our heart believe? This question is not if it is possible for God to do something, but do we really believe what we believe.
Let’s pause for a minute and ponder on the awesomeness of our Creator Father. Stop and listen to nature, watch a storm forming and consider all the reactions and actions taking place at that moment in time. There is life within life. Take a plant for example, there are thousands of cells each with its own function that make this plant a plant. The cells form walls that give the plant its shape. Birds have their own songs, pitches and tones that they use to communicate with. Insects doing their little thing as part of the bigger cycle of life. All of this life has life within it and we are all made up of minute cells that function to maintain life as we know it. This came to be by the Word of God, He spoke and it was. How can we think that anything is impossible for our Father?
God loves us and He holds us in His hand. In Isaiah 49:16 we read that our name is inscribed upon the Lord’s hand. YHWH created you with life inside your life. That means that as children of God we have a double life. Not only are we alive as humans (physically), but we are spiritually alive in Christ Jesus our Saviour. That is something to get excited about. How full of life are you though? Are you living as one with an extra portion? Being alive in a world that is full of life is energizing.
In Mark 9 we read of a father that brings his son to the disciples for healing. They try to heal him but are unsuccessful, Yeshua was not present. There is a little gem right here, when you pray for healing Yeshua must be present – healing is for HIS glory and esteem. Yeshua tells the disciples that this healing (casting out of demons), can only be done by prayer and fasting (v: 28-29). This father is desperate and maybe after witnessing the disciples praying and laying hands on his son, he may have had doubt that there was ever a cure for his boy. He approaches Yeshua and asks Him if He could possibly heal the boy. Yeshua puts the responsibility (not a good word but not sure what word would be suited here) back on the boy’s father. Yeshua tells him that it is possible, but that belief is needed – that is the responsibility. Yeshua knows that He can cure this boy, He is able to do all things (with God ALL things are possible). It comes back to us – if YOU are able to believe. The man’s reply is priceless, “I do believe, help me not to doubt.”
Why then do we not always believe things are possible? Are we so busy with life that we have forgotten what life is? Have we been boxed in our houses, electronics and malls that we aren’t awed by the majesty of the night sky, the flight of a bird or the fragrance of a flowering bush? If life within life reminds you of the awesomeness and power of the Creator then you may not find yourself overwhelmed by humanly spoken impossibilities. Our focus may have shifted to miracle pills and technology instead of being focused on the possibility of a loving Father, where there is an abundance of hope. (I am not suggesting that you stop taking medication!! I believed that I would be healed from my cancer and therefore did not opt for having my bladder removed, however I still went through chemotherapy and radiation.)
This father was desperate, he was in a hopeless situation. He heard about the Messiah and this gave him hope. He knew through word-of-mouth that Yeshua had healed and cured others, the father was filled with hope. This hope was dashed by the disciples inability to heal, however he did not give up and he approached Yeshua. The boy’s father asked for compassion and then healing. In doing this he was recognising Yeshua’s ability despite his own inability. He desperately wanted to believe that his son could be healed, he showed humility in asking that Yeshua would strengthen him so that he would not doubt. The man was afraid that he would not have enough belief. This is so precious and I think that we all fall short in this area. Yeshua himself told the disciples (and us) that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed we can move mountains. How many times have you given up because you think that you don’t have enough belief? I have a very dear friend and she always tells me that, ‘It is done, you just have to walk into it in belief.’
What a victorious way of living! If you had witnessed the miracle of this young boy would it change the way you believe? Would it change the way you think about the ability of the Father, your own belief in the Father’s love for you? If you had been in the crowd would your jaw drop and would you exclaim, “Unbelievable!” Here is a truth for you, you were in the crowd. The Word of God is living and you read it, so in reality you were there, you experienced it. How does this make you feel? Maybe there is a little gem in the way we proclaim something that is miraculous as unbelievable. Think about that. Whenever something good or supernatural happens many people will give the believable a negative – unbelievable. Have we man-washed ourselves into thinking that the believable is too good to believe? I speak a second language and even in that language believable has a negative.
Still not sure about possibilities? Take a walk outside and feel the breeze or wind – nobody knows where it comes from or where it goes. Watch the sea and wonder about the beauty that lies beneath the ocean – why is it there? Because YHWH is almighty and majesty and He created it. Look at a tree with each leaf full of cells that produce oxygen as a by-product for us to breath…there is something else everything that lives has breathe and that breathe was breathed into life by YHWH!! How can you not become excited about the possibilities????
Do you believe? Do you desire to be in a place where you see the believable? That is at the feet of the King of Kings, in the arms of the Father. YHWH desires to do good for His children, He wants to bless us. Do you believe?
Father God, how awesome is Your creation, nature cries of Your majesty and possibilities. I would ask that my faith and belief in You would not hinder the plans that You have already put in place for me. Oh Father that You would help me not to doubt, that I would be reminded that belief as small as a mustard seed is all that is needed. Amen.