“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!” – Mark 9:23-24
As humans, we go through stages in our lives when we question our beliefs. Storms come and go. Our views in life change. I’ve heard many pastors tell me as a young man in the ministry to “rethink” my decision of being in ministry. While some might joke about that, I believe there is still some truth to it. Throughout life, we are faced with circumstances that we cannot change. We are faced with family and friends death, job losses, situations at home that God Himself can only fix, but above all that, at the end of the day, we need to sit down and ask ourselves this one thing: do you still believe?
It was February 5, 2001 when Melissa Camp (Jeremy Camp’s first wife) passed away with cancer. After spending many days fasting and praying about what God wanted him to do in their relationship, Jeremy decides to propose. He and Melissa get married and on their honeymoon, Melissa begins to have complications. They get back from their honeymoon, Melissa goes to the doctors for a check up, and doctors tell her she has just months to live. Then passes away a couple of months later.
Now tell me. If that were you, would you still believe in God’s goodness? Because one the atheists and agnostics biggest arguments to God is: “If God is so good, then why does He allow bad things to happen?” I want us to think about this. Do you believe? Do you believe in God so much to where as you see a family member laying on their death bed, all you can do is worship? Or do you doubt God? If you have lost your job, been mistreated by people, do you still believe God has a purpose in your life? I pray that your answer is yes.
We go through times, trials, circumstances, situations, etc., that cause our walk with the Lord to dwindle. Let us look at Job…a godly man, a man who lost EVERYTHING, yet, he never once sinned against God. His wife told him, “why don’t you just curse God and die? (Job 2:9)” In other words, “I’m tired of this Job! I want peace! Just sin against God, give Satan what he wants, so he’ll go away!” Well, little did she know that if Job did give into the enemy, he wouldn’t stop and he would have disobeyed God.
We are faced with people in the world that want us to “curse God and die”, yet, there is just something….Someone…that causes me to say “I STILL BELIEVE!” Sickness comes…divorce comes…parents fighting…bombings in America…terrorist attacks…more debt for America…drugs at an all time high…abortions becoming legal…homosexuality lifestyles at an all time high…and the enemy is stronger today than he ever has been…and the Church is backing down, BUT I STILL BELIEVE! I still believe in God Almighty. The One who breathed life into me when I was at my lowest times in life. I still believe in the Messiah that came and died for my sin on a cross so that I may live eternally with Him. I still believe in the One who spoke and the Earth and the Heavens came into existence. I believe in the only God who is able to take a man as mean and selfish as I am, and turn me into a man for His Kingdom’s work. That’s the God I believe in!
No matter what you are going through today, believe and have faith, because your faith will not go waisted. Do not doubt a God you do not see. Just as you get up in the mornings, know that God has spared you one more day for His work.
Do you believe even when you feel like your world is upside down? Do you believe even when nothing is going your way? Do you believe even when you don’t think God is near you anymore? Just like the man with a mute, demon possessed son, he asked Jesus to help him with his unbelief. Let us to the same. For we live by faith, and not by sight.
“Lord, help me of my unbelief!”