Scripture: Mark 8:24 “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, I believe; ‘help my unbelief!”
Observations: One whole chapter of Numbers is devoted to making vows. Out of that chapter, only a paragraph is about men taking vows and the rest is on women taking vows. It says a lot to me about submission in marriage, not in a bad way, but in a good way. If I make a vow my husband doesn’t agree to, it could destroy my marriage. The second chapter of today’s reading in Numbers was about the Lord using the Israelite army to take vengeance on the Midianites for leading their men astray. I never realized the massive undertaking of this until I read about all the plunder. God was extremely fair in how the plunder was divided. In Mark we read of the Transfiguration and learn that the disciples really had not understood Jesus foretelling of his death, so he tells them again. A demon possessed boy is healed. There is a dispute about who is the greatest and Jesus uses a child to explain that whoever receives one such child in his name receives him. Also, whoever causes a child to sin, will burn in unquenchable fire. Also, as much as I don’t care for watching some of the televangelists out there, if they are for Jesus, they can’t be against him. Keep at peace with all people.
Application: There were so many good applications in today’s Scriptures, but this one rings out to me. Too often we only partially believe. Like Thomas the little engine, we think we can, but we stop short of realizing that God can. I think that is one reason we see so few miracles today. We stop short of belief. We need to be humble enough to as the Lord to help our unbelief.
Prayer: Father, God, creator of all things, how dare we not believe. How dare we not realize from all that you have done, that you are in total control of everything we have, see or hear. Lord, give us the faith of a mustard seed so we can move the mountains that get in our way. Help us in our unbelief. I pray this in the precious name of your son, Jesus.
Tomorrow’s Scripture: Numbers 32-33; Mark 10