Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Miracle We All Need

Recently, I read a post by Pam Enderby that resonated with some thoughts I'd been meditating on.  The context was a bit different, but the theme was similar.  So, I asked Pam for permission to reshare her post as one of our Saturday guest posts.

One of the greatest problems for the believer is faith.  Not the kind that carries us through our daily turmoil, but the faith that trusts God for more serious stuff, and things in other peoples' lives.  Somehow, our lack of understanding of someone else's relationship with God has a greater impact on our thinking than how big our God is.  Or how much what happens is all grace and all mercy, despite ourselves.

With all that in mind, let's see the insights God has given Pam.

I’m praying for Gunner, a tiny, struggling, one-year-old. Gunner requires eating through a feeding tube, five times a day. Mushed up food is placed in the tube, then travels directly into Gunner’s stomach, bypassing his mouth. It keeps him alive, but unfortunately, the “food tube” comes with complications. Gunner frequently vomits his precious nourishment. Compared to other boys his age, Gunner measures at 0 percentile for length and for weight on the growth chart.

This serious situation requires God’s intervention. It challenges my faith. At times, I believe God can and will heal Gunner. However, there are moments when doubt sneaks in. I feel perplexed, like the troubled father of the demon-possessed son. For years, his child was writhing on the ground, foaming at the mouth, and when brought to Jesus’ disciples for healing, they seemed powerless to do anything about it. (Mark 9:14-32)

Do you sometimes identify with the father? We believe in God, but…how long must this suffering last? We believe Jesus has the power and authority to heal, but…we are afflicted with doubts.

The father cried out to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us” (vs. 22). Notice how Jesus responds to the father.

Jesus kindly replied, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.” (vs. 23)

Jesus didn’t scorn the man’s weakness. He didn’t scold him with a curt, “Well, if that’s the kind of faith you have, then I guess your son will just have to be demon possessed the rest of his life.” No!

The father eagerly confessed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” That’s when miracles began to happen. Yes, Jesus cast the demon out of the man’s tortured son. Yet, another, perhaps greater miracle happened: Jesus welcomed the father’s feeble faith and expanded it!

This also happened when Jesus’ disciples cried, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). Jesus encouraged them, by saying, “have faith as small as a mustard seed, [and] you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20-21).

Friends, when our heart grows anxious, when our faith collides with a deep pain for our child, or someone else, God hears and understands our doubts. Jesus accepts what little faith we have.

Let’s honestly cry out, cast ourself upon the Lord and put our entire focus on Him. He will increase our faith.

Isn’t that the miracle we all need?

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