Faith Seeking Understanding (2/27/13)

Read: Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 10:18

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”       (Mark 924)

Faith Seeking Understanding

Relate: Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. Anselm calls it “Faith seeking understanding.” I know God is good, but I do not know how His goodness will be seen in this situation. I know God is in control, but I cannot see the way through this chaos. I know God is worthy of my praise, but right now I’m a little ticked off at Him. For the father it was, “I know that He can heal my son, I just don’t know if and how it will happen.”

Do you blame him? Since a little boy a demon has been sending him into epileptic seizures that always seem to happen at the worst, most dangerous possible moment. Can you imagine the years of vigilance these parents have lovingly shown to keep their boy alive? Then they hear that there’s a guy who can perform wonders. Jesus isn’t around but that’s OK, his disciples have been healing people too. Except for his son, they couldn’t. I believe… but I don’t. I know that You can. I just don’t know if You will.

React: There’s a call and response I’ve heard for a long time in a lot of places. Someone will say out, “God is good.” Everyone will respond, “All the time.” Then it will be reversed and the speaker will say, “And all the time.” The response… “God is good.” There have been some times when I’m saying it right along with everybody else but inside I’m saying, “Oh really? I don’t see it.” I’ve been places in my life, I’ve been in pits where I don’t see any way out. The truth is, when I’ve been down there, that has exactly been my prayer. “God, I know You are good, but I just don’t see it. Open my eyes.” That’s me praying, “I believe, help my unbelief.”

The thing is, when the dad was in trouble he knew who to go to. He came to Jesus and even though he had to wait, he stayed there until he had his answer. Even when Jesus’ followers let him down, he stayed there until he had his answer. And when Jesus asked that all important question, he didn’t put on a pretty facade. He told it like it is. “My faith is seeking understanding. I believe, help my unbelief.”


God, sometimes it is so easy to believe and sometimes… I know You are good. I KNOW IT, but sometimes… it just gets so hard to see it. You love me. You want the best for me far more than I even want it for myself. Sometimes I just don’t know how You are working good through the mess this life sometimes tosses me. In those times, as I seek understanding, help me to never lose faith.

20 thoughts on “Faith Seeking Understanding (2/27/13)

  1. Hi,
    I just started following your blog. I would like to re-blog the last paragragh of this post. My blog frequently addresses depression and I think this would be good for followers to read. Please let me know via e-mail. I won’t re-blog without your permission.

    Thanks and God bless,

  2. My favorite Scripture: I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief! Love this post… Some people think it’s a contradiction: I think it’s honest faith, the belief that God is greater than my doubts. Thanks for posting this.

    • well said, Kelly, it’s the same as what James says, anyone who lacks wisdom, let him ask and it will be given him….

  3. I love this. And Kelly, that is the perfect description: honest faith. The best part is God understands! Jesus didn’t NOT want to heal him because of his honest faith.

    God be praised.

  4. Today, meaning I don’t think/see it this way all the time, I think wonder if it is the crashing in of the tangible spiritual realm upon our Matrix reality. All of a sudden we discover we have a divided mind and need to resolve the 2 parts. Thoughts based on David’s cry to God for an undivided mind. Somewhere in the Psalms, but now my search engine deleted the version I memorized. 😦

    • Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.
      Psalm 86:11-13

      Is that what you were looking for?

  5. Great points – we know, like the Dad, where to go for help, but so often don’t. I believe, Lord. Help thou my unbelief. Thank God for your clear portrayal of truth.

  6. I think sometimes that we expect God to just “fix” everything going on in our lives. But it’s not that simple. The old adage, “God helps those who help themselves” is true. He’s not going to make sure we buy the winning lottery ticket, He is going to give us the tools to earn more ourselves. But I think we all want the easy fix sometimes.

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