Much easier to read than I initially thought it would be, Help My Unbelief by Barnabas Piper is a well written, well thought out book which digs into the whole meaning behind the statement said by the father who asks Jesus to heal his son. Why can’t we ask the same of God in this day and age, two thousand years after Jesus died and rose again?
And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 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!” ~Mark 9:14-24 NKJV
First, we must believe that Jesus is who He says He is. This is a belief that is more than the knowledge that He can; it is a belief you feel deep down in your soul. There are many people out there who simply believe and understand the words that are in the Holy Bible that sits before them. But do you *really* believe?
Barnabas Piper explores this surface level belief in his book, Help My Unbelief. He shares his personal experiences where he thought he believed, but really needed God to help his own unbelief. He explains that growing up in the church, with well-known Pastor John Piper as his father, placed him in an environment where scripture was everywhere. But it was after he married and had children that he began to realize that something was missing. This is when Barnabas Piper realized that his belief was primarily based off knowing the scripture, not necessarily what was in his heart.
Second, Help My Unbelief also focuses on how we must not just read our bible, but “consume” it. It is not just suggestions on how to live, but actually live it inside and out. Take a step back and think about your own life and how you live it. Are you doubting the power of God?
It is quite common for Americans to seek help from God only when times are hard and struggles are difficult. Why is that? Then, when things don’t go the way we want them to, it’s God’s fault. We need to trust that God has the perfect plan, He is perfect and creates perfection. Why do we doubt His power and plans?
Have you asked God to help your unbelief?