“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b
This is the cry of my heart. It reveals areas
where I lack faith, but it also reveals how my faith has grown. Sounds like a
paradox, doesn't it? "I do believe, Lord, yet I need MORE faith to believe." As
I grow closer to Him, I know Him more, and understand what His power means in my
life. But at the same time I am more conscious that sometimes I fall short of
complete trust in Him. This is the soul's growth. There is increased ability to
believe, and then comes a plea for greater faith. It is a cry to overcome all my
unbelief. It is a cry for complete and perfect trust in Him. My heart's cry is
heard, and He answers my prayer with more faith. He also reveals where I still
lack in faith, and imparts the power to walk the path that leads, step by step,
upwards and closer to Him.
Trusting Him completely is my gift to Jesus for all He has done for me. I have a friend who says it is that perfect place of rest that comes from knowing He takes care of all the concerns of her heart. He has all things covered because in His Word that is what He promises. Another friend says that perfect trust comes when the essence of all He is rests in Jesus. That Christ's perfect love casts out all fear, and then perfect trust rises from the heart. Our human minds cannot analyze the depth of such love, but our hearts can receive it.
If you are struggling to trust Him more today, decide to trust Him more. Make “help my unbelief” the cry of your heart. Make a conscious decision, and bring your thoughts captive to Christ. You can never reason trust. Your mind can never grasp it. It will never happen. Perfect love is birthed by Jesus Christ in your heart, and that is where perfect trust will flourish.
Another friend explains what perfect trust means to him. “I don't have to think about it. I know.”