Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” -Mark 9:24 (NIV)
There are times when your faith is steadfast. Bulletproof. Fireproof. And not just fair weather faith, but even through valleys and lows.
But sometimes, it’s when you’re in the thick of it and you’re holding the course, you’re also under load. You slip and forget that you’re taking on some of the load on your own shoulders. You get complacent.
And that is when the enemy strikes. More things seem to not go your way. You feel stress and despair creeping in through the cracks. You start to falter and stumble. And you feel powerless to stop it.
The enemy redoubles his sabotage efforts as your situation improves, to take your eyes off God. And he’s very, very good at it. He won’t necessarily hit you with it all at once, but like a strong wind blowing relentlessly against a house, he can weaken your structure and start to open cracks and compromise you.
This is where you must remember your foundation. Jesus told us that in this world we would have trouble, but to take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
In the verse around which this post is written, the context is about a boy possessed, and his father tells Jesus about the situation:
“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” -Mark 9:22-23 (NIV)
Remember Jesus’ parable about the house built on rock?
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. -Matthew 7:25 (NIV)
Don’t forget the foundation on which your faith is built: rock. Maintain it by retreating into Him, fellowshipping with Him and fellow agents, and taking in His Word. When the wind howls and your faith is freaky, hunker down and get back to basics. With God, we will outlast any storm.