If You Can

If You Can

02 March 2009


21 “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father. He replied, “Since he was a little boy. 22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” 23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:21-23 NLT)


It was hard for Jesus to catch a break. He took Peter, James, and John with him to the top of one of the mountains that rings Lake Galilee for a once-in-history event and Peter half-spoiled it by talking when he should have been watching and listening. Then they came down and at the foot of the mountain they found the rest of the disciples in a heated argument with some religious teachers over who is and isn’t qualified to perform exorcisms.

The father of the demonized boy couldn’t care less about the religious argument. He just wanted Jesus to set his boy free and heal him. Years of efforts by Jewish priests had accomplished nothing and Jesus’ disciples hadn’t been able to do it either. So the man said to Jesus, “Do something if you can! Please!”


God has been challenging me to trust him more. He’s challenging me to press through my anxieties and face my fears and simply trust him. The two biggest battles for me are “If you can” and “If you will.” The most effective tool I have to work my way through these questions is God’s Word.


Father, I believe you can do everything you say you can do. I believe you will do everything you promise to do. I believe you can be trusted to lead, guide, and provide. I choose again to believe you, to trust you, and to obey you. Amen.

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