“Every miracle in scripture always started out as a problem.” John Maxwell.
Even in ministry, I can lose focus from time to time. Pressures and problems that pop up on a daily bases can leave me feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. I start to wonder if I’m doing enough; if I said the right thing to encourage that woman; if my message met the needs of that specific group, and before I know it I’m grasping for direction.
Life is full of problems that you and I can’t handle. Maybe we’re not educated about the situation. Perhaps we don’t have the resources or the strength to handle the burden. Whatever the case, we need to realize that some things are simply out of our power to achieve. We need something or someone bigger and better than ourselves. We need Jesus.
If that’s true, and it is, why do I sometimes wait so long before I turn to God? Why do I try everything in my own power before looking to the only One who is All-powerful? Why do I tend to carry the burden alone until it nearly breaks my back? Why can’t I see that my situation makes me a candidate for a miracle?
Could it be a “belief” problem?
What may be impossible for you and me is possible for God.
Do you know the story found in Mark 9? The disciples are desperately trying to cast out a demon from a boy without success. When Jesus arrives he asks them, “What are you arguing about?
The boy’s father speaks up and tells Christ that he brought his son to the disciples asking them to drive out the evil spirit, but they cannot.
Jesus responded, “You unbelieving generation.” (Jesus states the problem, their belief.) But what happens next is note worthy. The father of the boy asks Jesus, “If you can, help us.”
‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
I love the father’s response. “I do believe! Help my unbelief.” And with that, Christ commands the spirit to leave the boy and never return.
Are you a candidate for a miracle today? Come to the One who can meet your every need; who can forgive your sin; heal your heart; give you peace and strengthen your soul. Come to Jesus, and if need be confess, “I believe. Help my unbelief.