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Posted on January 8th, 2016 by Pastor Koby Orr
If I were to ask you, “Do you believe that God can do anything?” assuming you are a Christian, you would probably respond in one of two ways. The first response would be a definite “yes.” You have seen the Lord faithfully respond to prayers and needs, and your experience in the past fuels your passion for the future, believing that God can and will continue to intervene on behalf of his children. The second response would be a definite “yes.” Wait….what?…you may be thinking… “I thought you said there were two responses dummy. That’s the exact same answer. Those twins must be depriving you of more sleep than you think.” Hold please. Let me finish. The second group of christians would say yes, I know that God can do anything, but deep down, they don’t actually expect God to do anything. See. There’s a difference between knowing something to be true, and believing something to be true.
I went skydiving a few years ago with Greg, a good friend of mine. I can tell you…as I was hanging awkwardly out the window of a perfectly good and operational plane at 10,000 feet…there was a decision (or at least I thought I had the decision) to make. I knew on paper that my parachute worked. But the question quickly became…do I believe that my parachute will work. Well it didn’t. And I died a terrifying death. Moving on. Here’s the point…
Life is hard. No way around it. Jesus promised in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation.” We face horrible things. Death. Disease. Sickness. Financial devastation. Divorce. Rebellious children. Persecution. In the midst of the chaos, God tells us in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxieties on him (God) because he cares for you.” But part of bringing our cares to God, is having to face the question. Do I believe that by bringing my requests to God, that I am bringing them to my father who loves me and will work on my behalf, or do I just simply know that he can, but I have no expectation that he actually will, and so my prayers become empty formalities. So with that as the framework, read the passage below. I am so thankful for this passage of scripture, it has become one of my favorites.
The story is found in Mark chapter 9. Here’s the setup. A man brings his son who is demon possessed to Jesus. Jesus’ disciples failed to exorcise the demons, and so in a final act of desperation he brings his son to Jesus and says, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Jesus then heals his son and casts out the demon.
So that’s a weird passage to have as a favorite. But here’s what I love. Did you notice the fathers response? Jesus said “All things are possible for the one who believes.” The father responded by crying out, “I believe; help my unbelief.” I love that. I’m so thankful that story made it into scripture. Because that is the place I so frequently find myself. I know God can do anything, but I need to be reminded that not only can he do anything, but he will move on my behalf and nothing is too difficult for him.
I don’t know if that resonate’s with you at all, but if it does, you (along with me) need to be reminded of Psalm 103:11-14, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his (God’s) steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
God loves his children. He is not a God who withholds good things. But loves to give good gifts to his children (Luke 11). We are not an annoyance to God! He is not bothered by our requests…but welcomes them! So why wouldn’t we come to him. This is the God who breathed the stars into existence. He created all that we see in live in out of nothing! He sent his son Jesus to die on the cross, once and for all conquering sin and death. If he can do that, our problems are easy to handle!
I used to treat my mechanic as a last resort. When something broke, I would do everything I could to fix it, and when I was at my wits end…standing over my open hood shaking with sky darkening rage…realizing that all my work had in fact only made things far worse…THEN I would call the mechanic to have him fix it. The reality is, I should have just called the mechanic first and allowed him to do what his website promised he would do….fix my car. The same is true with God. Why on earth would we try to fix something on our own when the God of the universe has offered to help! He should not be our last resort, the one we cry out to when nothing else works. He should be the first one we run to with full expectation that he will respond!
He may not always move in the way we want him to, or in a way that we understand, but he will always move in a way that accomplishes his purpose for our good and for his glory. So we should approach him with boldness, knowing we are welcomed as his children, and we should not be afraid to come to him and ask for the impossible.
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