A Father's Faith

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 9:14-24

A distraught father brings his sick, tormented son to Jesus. The boy’s symptoms strongly suggest epilepsy. “If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us,” the father pleads. “If you can?” says Jesus. (As if to say: “It’s your faith, not my ability, that is in question, here!”) “All things are possible to him who believes.” To which the father cries out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Believing is powerful. The healing of the child is directly related to the believing of the father. Belief makes such a difference. It brings people into the stream of God’s power. But believing is also a struggle. It doesn’t come easy. Belief sleeps in the same bed with unbelief. In the same breath the distraught father says that he believes, but he doesn’t believe. It seems contradictory. How can someone believe and yet not believe?

But haven’t you had similar experiences? You know that faith is important, but sometimes it seems beyond you. You wish you could shake your doubts, but they keep cropping up, like weeds in the garden of faith. Sometimes you are so sure. Sometimes you are so unsure. And you find yourself saying: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” Just as faith was a struggle for this father, it can be a struggle for us.


Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. Amen.