Read: Mark 9:14-27
A strong faith honours God more than a weak faith. Nevertheless, the most important thing about faith is its object. A weak faith in God will still produce amazing results, but a strong faith in a false god is worthless. In our passage for today, we see Christ demonstrating this truth when He delivered a boy from the power of an evil spirit. Jesus told the boy’s father, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). The father replied, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). That simple small act of trust was enough for Jesus to perform a miracle.
Great saints of God have faltered at times, but God’s faithfulness strengthens their waning confidence. Paul the apostle said, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful” (2 Tim. 2:13). The great missionary Hudson Taylor used to say, “Friends, I’d like to give you the motto of my life. It is found in Mark 11:22 where we read, “Have faith in God.” He went on to say that even when we have our weak moments, the Lord in grace undergirds us. He concluded, “Reckon not only on your own faith but also on God’s faithfulness to you. All my life I’ve been fickle: sometimes I could trust and sometimes I couldn’t. But when unable to have faith, it was a great encouragement to realize that God would still be faithful to me.” What a great experience and comforting truth.
Yes, you too can walk the path in life confidently with the motto that Hudson Taylor used to have, “Have faith in God.” God is always faithful.