Re:Verse reading–Mark 9:14-29 (day seven)
“Whenever it (the demon) seizes him, it slams him to the ground.”–v 18
For a moment will you think about the boy in this story? Demon-possessed. Vulnerable. Unable to talk. Regularly slammed to the ground by forces that he did not control or understand.
Doubly slammed, I think, because He lived in a generation that had lost faith in God. (See v 19) People around him were powerless to help him (physically or spiritually) because they had forgotten the fountain of help or how to find it. For faithless folks, life shrinks down to human solutions which, in the case of this boy, were obviously useless.
It doesn’t have to be this way! “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray. . .I will heal their land”. . .and their children and their cities and their families.
Maybe you feel slammed to the ground by violent forces in your life.