“If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22–23, 24 NIV 1984).
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniels 3:16–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Two measures of faith. The first, not much more than a mustard seed (“if you can”). The second, a big as the plant the mustard seed grows into (“the God we serve is able“). The first, desperate to overcome doubt (“help me overcome my unbelief“). The second, belief that will not doubt no matter the outcome (“even if He does not“). The first an immature faith, the second a seasoned faith. Two measures of faith, one outcome — deliverance. What a compassionate and gracious God we serve!
My Advice – Where do you find yourself on this spectrum of faith? There will be times, though He is able, that He will not “rescue us.” He will have His reasons. How will you respond? “Help me overcome my unbelief,” or “even if He does not?” Trust Him even then.