2024 | Jan. 26

Mark 9:17-21
An evil spirit had robbed the boy of his speech and thrown him to the ground. Sometimes the spirit threw him into fire or water in an attempt to kill him. The son had also gnashed his teeth and foamed at the mouth since childhood.

This determined dad brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus. This is where a desperate father found himself in the book of Mark. But this man’s uncertain faith was enough for Jesus. Jesus commanded the demon to come out of the boy and never enter him again. The boy was healed on that day, and I imagine the father’s faith was fortified. (Mark 9:26-27)

God’s ability to resolve our problems will always be far greater than the problems themselves. The obstacle we must overcome is fearing that God will not resolve our circumstances in the way and the timing we would like Him to resolve them. The man in this text received his desired outcome, but this is not always the case for every prayer.

If God does not answer our prayers in the way we desire, it does not make Him any less compassionate or concerned about us. It’s also not a reflection of our lack of faith. Having faith in God, despite the challenges we face, requires that we choose to trust Him with the outcome. We have the choice to believe God is who He says He is, no matter what He allows in our lives.

I say this as I continue to walk through challenging circumstances beyond my control while choosing to believe God will work it out. God will always work out all circumstances for the eternal good of those who love Him.

Dear God, help us trust You when we feel uncertain. May we rest in the truth that You are intimately concerned about us. Grant us peace as we wait for You to work out the difficult circumstances in our life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.