by Pastor Jana Cox
Pastor Doug shared a message on Sunday about “Following Jesus in troubled times.” Most of us could agree that we are living in troubled times, but thank our wonderful God that He is available at all times.
Pastor Doug brought forth some points that I believe if we will implement them into our lives we will find God’s help and strength for what we are facing.
Mark 9:15-29 Reading this portion of scripture, we find a very concerned father. His son had been tormented since he was a little boy. This father was desperate to have his son healed of this torment and he asks Jesus to have mercy on him and help him if he can. Jesus said to him, “if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe; help my unbelief.”
At that moment something amazing happened, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it out of the child never to enter him again. There is much to be learned from this portion of scripture. But I would like to focus on a few points.
First, this child had been tormented since he was a little boy. As we think about this, like this boy many of us could be dealing with something that has gone on for quite some time. It could seem impossible; we believe things will never change.
The second thing is the importance of bringing our concerns to Jesus. This father brought his son right into the presence of the Lord. This took effort on the father’s part because wherever Jesus was there was a crowd. Also, the disciples could not cast the evil spirit out. Jesus replied (vs.29) “This kind can be cast out only by prayer and fasting.” Pastor also made the point that fasting is for us and can help us to see things differently.
Thirdly the father said I do believe, but help me with my unbelief. This father is like us. He did believe, but because his son had been this way for so long he needed Jesus to help him with his unbelief.
As we read this story we see a father and a son who were both tormented. The father was tormented due to the pain and agony his son was going through. And the son was tormented by the evil spirit. This had to have affected the entire family with great sorrow.
The encouraging and last point I would like to make is this. No matter what you or your loved ones are going through, “Never give up.” Be determined that as long as you have life in your body that you will continue to bring your concerns, and loved ones into the presence of the Lord. Remember that God cares for you and your loved ones and His word declares that “ The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8)