One of the most honest people (if not the most honest in many ways) that Jesus ever dealt with is found in Mark 9:17-27.
Who is this man? We don’t much about him, but we know enough. He was a father who needed help for his child. He was a man caught in a situation that he could not fix by himself. He was a man who was heading in the right direction when he came to Jesus.
So what makes this man so honest? It was his willingness to admit his weakness!
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”” (Mark 9:23-24).
The man knew he needed stronger faith. The man knew that pride would get him nowhere in this situation. The man knew there was only one place to go, not only for his child, but for himself as well. That’s why this man was one honest man!
This isn’t an opportunity to talk about how a person can do whatever they want if they just have the faith. It’s an opportunity to learn that if God wills something to be done, then He can provide us with the faith to see it through – if we’re willing to be honest with Him that is.
Just how honest, brothers and sisters, are we willing to be with ourselves? Lord, help us with our unbelief!
“For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:3)