“Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. Then they were all astonished at the mighty power of God.” – Luke 9:42-43
Chapter 9 of Luke begins with Jesus sending out His disciples to heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead (see Matthew 10), cleanse the lepers, and preach the kingdom of God. They have already come back and shared the stories of how they had done those things. In the same chapter some parents who had probably heard about the disciples doing miracles had brought their son to them. Their child was having seizures, throwing himself into the fire and hurting himself. The disciples knew that it was demonic, and they tried to cast out the demons—but they failed.
Jesus was able to set this boy free, but just before Jesus cast the demon out he seemed to lament the unbelief and failure of His disciples. He said, “How long am I going to have to put up with this unbelieving generation?” The disciples could have done it, but their faith failed them, even after they had done “The Stuff.”
I have felt the sting of failure many times. I’ve cast demons out of many, and I’ve had times when the demons resisted successfully. I’ve seen many people healed of all kinds of sickness, and yet many go unhealed. I am still in process. I’m always learning. Like the disciples, I am often capable of more than my faith is ready for. I say with the parents of the child in this scripture, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!”
It takes a lifetime and beyond until we become fully like Him.
Let me be more so today than yesterday. May my faith not stop growing, but get deeper and wider every day.