a superb day to get help for our belief.
“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’” Mark 9:24 NIV
When Christ first began His mission on earth, He certainly had His work cut out for Him. After all, people were expecting a king and He gave them a carpenter.
“Unbelief” was the belief of the day.
“Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon. And His sisters live right here among us.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him.” (Mark 6:3 NLT).
Christ found it necessary to include miracles along with His teaching to demonstrate that He was, indeed, who He said He was. Of course, the very nature of Christ was miraculous and He did not have to conjure up magic potions or say magic words to heal the sick and the lame or to cast out evil spirits. The faith of people – their belief – grew steadily as He walked the countryside and talked to the people He encountered. He helped people to overcome their ‘unbelief.’ He helped people to believe in Him.
The problem for many people today is that their expectations are not realistic. Christ does not walk the earth today. He is present and He is among us in Spirit, of course, but He does not physically walk the earth healing people and casting out demons.
But do not for one moment think that He can no longer help us overcome any “unbelief,” or doubt, that we may have.
When Christ lived among us, His actions and His words eventually formed the basis for the entire New Testament of the Bible. It is rich in eyewitness accounts of the miracles and the work done by Christ as He brought His message to as many people as He could. The advantage that we have over all the people of His day is enormous. While we cannot physically share in the incredible privilege of walking next to Christ and watching Him teach and heal the sick and lame, we can relive those moments time and time again by picking up the Bible and traveling the countryside with Christ.
When our belief needs a boost, we can obtain it through the wonderful God-breathed words found in the recounting of Christ’s life, and in the retelling of the circumstances of His death and His resurrection.
What an honor it would have been to be in His presence and witness firsthand the tremendous impact that He had on people. But through our faith we are saved and have gained the right to sit with Him one day, and by turning to the stories of His life, His death and His resurrection to help reinforce our belief in the power and the glory of Christ our Lord, we will remain strong and true in that faith.
The help we need each day lies within the pages of the book that tells His story. Open it today and get a boost for your belief.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson