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Lent Devotionals: Wednesday, March 22

A Time of Doubt

 

Our scripture is set in the midst of Christ’s ministry. A father, a follower of Jesus, brought his son who had been demonized. The father had faith that Jesus could help, but it was a weak faith. “…If you can do anything, help us! Show us compassion!” Jesus is as much concerned with the faith of this man as he was about the condition of the boy.

“If you can do anything?”

How often we find ourselves in this position of “half faith”. We know Jesus well enough to trust him for many things, but there are others about which we are not very confident. I’m not say we should be arrogant with our faith, and expect everything. There are many things that we don’t understand in the grand scheme of things. In those cases our confidence in Jesus should drive us to Him and His word that we might find understanding.

It seems that this man should have known, by now, that Jesus could, and would, deliver His son. It is not the first healing in his ministry. Surely the Father knew that Jesus turned no one away, but healed everyone who came to Him.

The response of the Father is instructive. “I have faith, help my lack of faith!” Now that I can identify with. There is no question about the ability of Jesus to accomplish anything He desires. He is able! There is a question about my faith to trust Him for it. Like the Father we must all cry out, at times. “Lord, help my lack of faith!”
 
Josh Leblo
Youth Ministry Director


Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, March 21

Doubt – Where will you lead us?

 

Uncertainty. Indecision. Hesitation. Suspicion. Confusion. Skepticism. Insecurity. Uneasiness. Apprehension.

These words all have one thing in common. They are used to define the word doubt. Being a follower of Christ does not exempt us from doubting. Sometimes I believe it is a requirement.

In an article written by Lee Strobel, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Case for Christ, he shares the story of the worst news he could have ever received as an atheist. His agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. He says, “I thought she was going to turn into some sort of self-righteous holy roller—and I didn’t want anything to do with it.” He even went so far as to say he thought he “could extricate her from this cult. “

Strobel had his doubts. Over the months after his wife became a Christian, he saw changes in her character and values. It was then that he decided to use his journalism and legal expertise to investigate whether there was any credibility to this thing called Christianity.

I am going to end Strobel’s story there.  If you are intrigued and want to know more, pick up his book The Case for Christ or Google search his article, How Easter Killed My Faith in Atheism.
 

I ended his story there for a reason.  I look at his situation and realize that through his doubt, he became a follower of Christ and has had a huge impact on others making that choice as well.   It paints a picture of the boy’s father in the scripture from Mark.  “I have faith; help my lack of faith!”  Strobel’s journey of doubt led him to become a follower of Christ and grow his faith.  So that leaves me with the question I will end with, “Where will our journey’s of doubt lead us?”