Monday, December 4th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 56)
The Honest Skeptic
'How long has this been happening?' Jesus asked the boy's father.
He replied, 'Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if You can.'
'What do you mean, 'If I can'?' Jesus asked. 'Anything is possible if a person believes.'
The father instantly cried out, 'I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!'
Mark 9:21-34 (NLT)
The phrase, 'I believe. Help my unbelief' is a treasured encouragement for me. Because sometimes, my faith seems unable to bridge the gap between Jesus and me; between what I hope and what I expect.
My doubts feel like clouds blocking the Son-Light, which prevent my proper growth and harvest. But then I read the doubts of Bible stars, and I'm heartened by their transparency.
Surely, God reaches down to fill our gaps. Surely, He blesses hopeful confessions, even hard-to-shake confessions of doubt, as He did for the dad in this story. The Light forced every demon to exit.
The father's wavering faith was strengthened and his son was delivered from torment. Consider one unsettling opinion:
I believe God prefers honest skeptics above hypocritical church-goers. Because Truth is foundational to faith and fake Christians are bad ambassadors.
Because skeptics can become stars of faith and excellent ambassadors for Christ... as most relatable to outsiders.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.