Devotion: Monday, September 17, 2018

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from Mark 9:20-24, where the Bible says,   

They brought the boy to Jesus. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

All things are possible to a believer?

Our lesson for today is another healing event in the ministry of Jesus. It not only shows His power over all things, but also faith’s power IN HIM in our own lives. Jesus comes on the scene in the middle of this man’s incredible trial with a son he dearly loves. The father has no way to deal with the issue and no one else does either for that matter. Well, no one else except Jesus. All of the committed prayers of the disciples, and even the father’s dedicated concern seemed to do much good. And that brings out a very important aspect of true faith. Faith’s power is its object. If the object of our faith is true, if it is sure, then so is our faith.

I also don’t think that it’s by accident that this miracle involves a child either. Children are the most vulnerable among us, and they tend to be the most trusting. In this particular case, no matter how much we love our children, no matter how passionate we are to their plight, there are some things that are beyond our control, beyond our power. Jesus demonstrates His power and His love and concern for the most vulnerable among us in the healing of this child. Later Jesus will contrast the power of the faith of a child to the supposed faith of the hardened, grown-up disciples. Jesus tells them straight. He tells us straight as well, “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all (Mark 10:15).” Again, the power of faith is its object. And when the object of our faith is Jesus, then the very Savior of the world, God in the flesh, hears your prayers and can indeed answer them for your good and mine.

Here’s a story that makes my point: A pastor told the story of an organist who was getting ready to play as the church service began. When he put his hands on the keys, there was no sound. Everyone knew something was wrong, so the preacher quickly got up and led in prayer. The janitor was aware of the fact that they hadn’t plugged in the organ. So, during the prayer he went, plugged in the organ, wrote a note and handed it to the organist. The note said, “After the prayer, the power will be on.”

That’s so true. Actually, the truth is that with Jesus the power is on before, during, and after prayer! So, bring your concerns to Him. And, no matter what His answer to your prayer today, know that you are loved and blessed in His hands always. In Him, all things are indeed possible!

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, may we never limit what you can do in our lives. And may we trust in you no matter the circumstances of the moment. We believe, help our unbelief!  AMEN.