So easy to live like we believe when all is well. Right now I’m in the all is well – no major crisis, heartache, or fear. But where will my belief be when…

When things aren’t so easy. A friend is walking through ALS with her husband. Prayer request came through, he was struggling. Another friend took care of a father-in-law in his last months doing things for him she had never imagined she would find herself doing.

I’ve seen these and others walk hard life things – like friends, much too young to die, lose their battle to cancer. And I wonder, how will I walk through the next hard life thing?

You know the story of the father whose son was possessed by a demon. Constantly hurting himself. A father worn out from the daily struggle, worn out from the worry. Then Jesus is near. Last hope, last resort – he asks: “if you can do anything, have compassion”.

If – such a big word looms. In the seconds between the father’s plea and Jesus’ proclamation, hung all of mankind’s questions. Can you Jesus? Will you?

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NIV)

I’m that father, so are you: ‘If you can Lord, please do.’ And what we don’t get is this: He has. Doesn’t always look like what we asked. But someday we will see how perfect the answer was. Know how I know?

Because He’s told us.: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 BSB)

Even our unbelief He can fix that too. Maybe we can’t see the answer yet, maybe in this life we won’t see it at all. But someday we will see clearly. For in eternity more than all we could ever ask or imagine is Yes as we proclaim Amen – “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”. (2Corinthians 1:20 NIV) He is for us all the time!

9 Comments on “Unbelief

  1. So much of life is, “If you can…I believe, help me in my unbelief!” The father’s words in that story have always resonated with me. Thank you for the reminder to keep turning toward Jesus at all times.


    • Yes, that is true – and yes, we need the reminder that He never leaves us for a second. Blessings as you keep asking for His help…


    • Since He can fix even that, what holds us back – let’s live on mission for Him! Blessings as you find His comfort…


    • Father, wrap Your arms around Lauren as she walks through these hard things – help her unbelief. Bring joy in unexpected moments, bring comfort in the night, bring strength that only comes from You. May all the glory of Lauren’s walk with You through this be Yours and may she know without doubt You never leave her side and have it all worked out for her good because she loves You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


  2. Paris, thank you for this encouraging post! We do often pass through hard places where unbelief can cause us to stumble. But praise God He knows our frailties and comes along side with His strength!


    • Yes, that is life now – but someday no more. Faith will be sight – what a glorious promise. Blessings as He helps any unbelief…


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