Two types of doubt exist in our world. One is a skeptical doubt. A doubt that refuses to believe the impossible. A doubt that convinces one that nothing supernatural could ever happen. The bible calls this type of doubt hard-heartedness. A hard-hearted person has made up their mind they will not believe. Pharaoh after seeing all the miracles performed by Moses refused to believe. We are told he had a hard-heart.
The other kind of doubt is honest doubt. It is doubt that is open to believe. A doubt that says I don’t have all the evidence, I wish I did, but I don’t but that won’t stop me from believing. This is the type of doubt expressed in some of the Psalms. When the psalms cry out to God for help, question the presence of God or the acts of God and yet, at the end says, I will continually praise you, I will constantly tell of your name. This is an honest doubt.
In Mark 9 a father brings his son to Jesus. We are told that the son is being possessed by an evil spirit. The father says to Jesus, ” If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us” (9:22).
This man confessed to a struggling faith and yet, it was a faith that wanted more. And we discover that Jesus can work with a faith that is willing to struggle.
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes” (9:23).
It doesn’t take perfect faith. All it takes is a willingness to believe.
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” (9:24).