LORD, Help My UnBelief Everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23 NIV). When we study this story of the LORD Jesus healing the boy with an evil spirit we see that what the LORD values is faith or a trust in His character and His promises. This can be very hard for the one who has had to endure chronic pain or illness for any length of time. If we are honest with ourselves, it sometimes can be hard to believe in a good God when He does not stop our hurting. The father in this story did not wish to disbelieve Jesus when he cried out "LORD, I believe; help mine unbelief." But He had put His hope in the disciples of Jesus and they had let Him down by not being able to help his son. But Jesus cannot resist the cry of the broken and needy and when the man cried out to Him in desperation Jesus brought healing to the son and hope and joy to the Father. And, dear one, Jesus is the same today. When we cry out to Him, even if we don't yet believe fully in Him, He will respond to us. He is drawn to human need and longs to help us. He let the Father in this story get to an end of everything else is a cure for His son, but when the Father cried out to Jesus, Jesus brought His healing to the situation. He says to us, who are hurting today, "For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones (Isaiah 49:13b NIV). Oh, dear child, turn to Jesus. He is waiting for you with open arms to turn to Him. He may not bring physical healing to you in this life, but He will in eternity and He longs to make you whole today so that you might have His peace and joy in spite of your circumstances. He will also bring you satisfaction to your longing heart and a reason and purpose for living. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* About the Author: Virginia has struggled with believing in a good God due to the fact that she was abused as she was growing up. But after many years of studying the life of Christ in the Bible, God has convinced her of His goodness. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain.