马太福音 17:14-20 耶稣和门徒到了众人那里，有一个人来见耶稣，跪下， 说：“主啊，怜悯我的儿子！他害癫痫的病很苦，屡次跌在火里，屡次跌在水里。 我带他到你门徒那里，他们却不能医治他。” 耶稣说：“嗳！这又不信又悖谬的世代啊，我在你们这里要到几时呢？我忍耐你们要到几时呢？把他带到我这里来吧！” 耶稣斥责那鬼，鬼就出来；从此孩子就痊愈了。 门徒暗暗地到耶稣跟前，说：“我们为什么不能赶出那鬼呢？” 耶稣说：“是因你们的信心小。我实在告诉你们，你们若有信心，像一粒芥菜种，就是对这座山说：‘你从这边挪到那边’，它也必挪去；并且你们没有一件不能做的事了。
你的怀疑在哪里呢? 有的时候，当我去服侍那些迷途羔羊的时候，我会怀疑这是否有用。为什么我要怀疑福音的力量呢? 有时候，当我和那些瘾君子一起工作时，我就会想那个人是否还能康复。有时，当我想要赶出在我生命中的魔鬼时，我觉得自己一败涂地。为什么这些罪又不断地回到我的生活中去呢?
Matthew 17:14-20: 14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
There is a story in the gospel of Mark where Jesus challenges a man to believe that he can heal his son. The man replies to Jesus and says, “I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.” These are the words that came to my mind this morning when I read this story.
Jesus challenges his disciples to have faith like a mustard seed and they can move mountains. He even calls them an unbelieving and perverse generation, because they could not drive out the demon from this boy. Jesus had given them the power to do that, but they had doubted Jesus’ promise and authority and were not able.
Where do your doubts lie? Sometimes, when I minister to the lost and straying sheep, I doubt that it will do any good. Why do I doubt the power of the gospel? Sometimes, when I’ve worked with people suffering from addictions, I’ve wondered if that person can ever get well again. And sometimes, when I want to drive out the “demons” in my own life, I feel like nothing but a failure. Why do these sins keep creeping back into my life?
“Lord, I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief!” Even such small faith in my heart in a big and compassionate Savior can do wonders that I cannot imagine.
Prayer: Lord, I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief! If I believed in you with all my heart, I would not struggle with sin in my life, or despair, or doubts. I do believe. I believe in your mercy. I believe in your ability to grow even such a small faith as mine. I believe that you will not snuff out a smoldering wick or a bruised stem like me. I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief. Amen.