We all have a measure of faith that we are given by God. Without it, we could not be saved. Without it, we would not believe in anything. After all, we must have some faith to simply get up and face the day. We must have some faith to believe that we can accomplish the day’s tasks. Faith can be grown. Faith can mature. Faith can become weak. Faith can become tested.
When Faith Wavers
No matter how strong our faith is in God and what He can and will do, we will have times that our faith is weaker than usual. This can be caused by a series of trials and tests which can either be extremely serious situations or minor nuisances. Even what does not seem such a big deal can get to us if we have had very many minor nuisances hit us all at once.
When faith wavers, as it sometimes will, it is time to go before God and confess it to Him. His compassion never fails. He does not refuse the one who comes to Him humbly and openly. Once you have went before God, get into His Word. Find scriptures that apply to your situation. Read them out loud, or, write them down on index cards to keep with you. If need be, write them down on a sheet of paper and put the paper on your refrigerator. This might sound extreme, but when faith wavers, it must be built up again. The only way to do this is by the Word of God. After all, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Help My Unbelief
In Mark 9, a man’s son was possessed by an unclean spirit. The man brought his son to some of Jesus’ disciples while Jesus and the other disciples were on the mountain during the transfiguration. When Jesus came down, the man informed Him that the disciples had not been able to cast the demon out of his son.
The man asked Jesus to help his son. At the end of his request, he adds the words “if you can” in some translations. Jesus told him that if he believed all things were possible. The man instantly replied, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief (Mark 9:24).” Immediately, Jesus cast the evil spirit out of the young man. Jesus did not wait for the man to confess that his own faith was great. When the man said he believed, yet, he admitted there was some unbelief in the mix, Jesus moved on behalf of the father and his son.
Although we do not want to make unbelief a practice in our lives, there are times when faith wavers. There are times when some unbelief is mixed with our faith. That is the time to tell Jesus that you believe, but, add that you need Him to help your unbelief. The Lord was moved because the man was pressing past his unbelief. He did not deny it, but he pressed past it. That is what you and I must do when our faith wavers.
Willfully continuing in unbelief is dangerous; however, confessing the unbelief to Jesus as the man with the demon possessed child did, brings deliverance. The man’s faith was built up and deliverance came. Cry out to Jesus even in your wavering faith. Deliverance will come and your faith will be stronger.