Help Thou My Unbelief

Sometimes, I'm a cynic. Sometimes, I am jaded. Sometimes, those with happy faces and 'words of encouragement' really bug me. Sometimes, the reminders of all the happy things about faith, God or flippant accolades, in time of crisis, can really grate on my nerves. I'm a realist. And this stuff is getting real up in here. If a cup is either half full or half empty--I'm in the half empty crowd, thank you very much. You might say I'm not an easy-believer.


But, I have decided to follow Jesus. That decision comes with a real set of beliefs. Those beliefs are being tested, stretched and exercised in new ways. In the book of Mark (in the Bible), a father has a sick son who needs healed. The interchange between Jesus and the father goes like this:


"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!”


A poem was born from these words as I struggled to believe that the Lord could heal 'even a wretch like me'. I do believe, but Lord--help me in the deep dark places of unbelief. Help me in the crevices of anxiety and worry and fear and doubt. Help me when 'push comes to shove' (and I'm feeling a bit shoved right now) to believe the reality that You heal, provide, protect, defend and deliver. We struggle in these places. We are not alone. The saints of the Scriptures are good companions and neighbors in truly understanding. Help us, O Lord.


This has become my anthem. I believe, help thou my unbelief. Yes, I believe.


Help Thou My Unbelief

I believe

Help thou my unbelief

When the waves and the storm

Come crashing down

Help me to walk

On the waters, Lord

Reaching for

Your outstretched arms

Cause I believe

(Help thou my unbelief)

I believe

Yes, I believe

I believe

Help thou my unbelief

When the oil,

It runs dry

Help me to choose vessels

For Your plenty, Lord

Reaching for

Your Spirit’s outpouring

Cause I believe

(Help thou my unbelief)

I believe

Yes, I believe

I believe

Help thou my unbelief

When the ravens’ brook

Yields no more

Help me to pray

With thanksgiving, Lord

Reaching for

Your eternal Bread

Cause I believe

(Help thou my unbelief)

I believe

Yes, I believe

I believe

Help thou my unbelief

When the enemies

Take up arms

Help me to lap

At Your Living Water, Lord

Drinking from

Your victory’s store

Cause I believe

(Help Thou my unbelief)

I believe

Yes, I believe

I believe

(Help thou my unbelief)

When the demons

Wage out wars

Gnashing, foaming, tearing, pining—

Throwing me into the fire

Into the waters

Seeking to destroy

Help me to come

To Your Loving Power, Lord

Believing in

Your compassionate Help

Your merciful Strong Arm

Your Deliverance from what oppresses

Cause I believe

(Help thou my unbelief)

I believe

Yes, I believe.


CjZ

2016 June 16, noon

{Inspiration}

Peter Walking on the Water

Matthew 14:22-33

The Widow’s Oil

2 Kings 4:1-7

Elijah & the Ravens

1 Kings 17:1-7

The Lord Feeds the Ravens

Luke 12:23-25

Be Anxious For Nothing

Philippians 4:6-7

Gideon & the 300 Chosen Men

Judges 6-8

Judges 7:4-8

The Father, the son & Belief

Mark 9:14-29

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