023904 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Matthew 17:14 When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15 “[f]Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a [g]lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured [h]at once.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith [i]the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 [[j]But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”] (See NASB biblegateway.com for footnotes)
The journey to faith will often put you at odds with the “prevailing wisdom” of the days in which you live. The very idea of demons has largely been ignored, explained away, and for the most part forgotten in our headlong rush to presume we have figures out the universe and the mysteries of creation. We could take weeks dwelling on all of the richness we behold in this short passage of scripture, but for our purposes let us just say that the disciples came up short and Jesus upbraided them for their lack of faith after soundly chastising the man and his whole generation for their faithlessness. To have believed possible the power of God in Jesus for this miraculous healing was quite enough it would seem, but at the same time to understand and know that the same power lays dormant in each one of us who believes in the Risen Lord of all. God be praised!