“It’s doesn’t look good. Will you please pray?”
Those were the words I heard concerning a friend a while back. Although I said I’d pray and of course I did, I have to admit when I heard the diagnosis my first thought was automatically a grim outcome.
Right off the bat I let my knowledge of human know-how override the know-how of God.
Why would I do that?
I absolutely believe that God can do the impossible. Why then do I sometimes put so much weight on man’s perspective instead of God’s power?
Probably for the same reasons we don’t witness the miracles here in the U.S. that some see while working in third world countries.
You’ve heard that ignorance is bliss? In this case of faith, ignorance can bless.
A few weeks ago I came across a story in the Bible that explains this misplaced faith. This same reference in Scripture is one that has always disturbed me until recently. The account of this story is given in three of the four Gospels Mark 9:14-50, Luke 9:23-45, and Matthew 17: 14-20. Today we’re going to look at from Matthew’s point of view.
“When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. ‘Lord, have mercy on my son,’ he said. ‘He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.’ ‘You unbelieving and perverse generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.’ Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’
He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you’” (Matthew 17:14-20).
I had always wondered why the disciples couldn’t call out this demon. Maybe you too? The answer might surprise you. Find out when you join me over at Recharge Wednesday.