I have mention him before: the panic-stricken father and his declaration to Jesus, “Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief.” In a very real sense this could be something any one of us could say. It could be a time or situation when something akin to panic rocks our socks and completely frightens us so that we don’t know where else to turn except to cry out like that father did.
This week, we go at it from another perspective – WE KNOW WHERE TO GO AND WHOM TO CALL (and it isn’t Ghostbusters, either). We call on God Almighty for our sick and dying, in times of storm or war, on personal issues, in happy times, when storms frighten or confuse us, in glad times or just about any situation in which we might find ourselves. Here’s why: we know and trust God to support us and supply our needs of body and soul.
Our God is well described in the Apostles’ Creed, but you won’t find the Apostles’ Creed in the Bible. Instead, you will find Him mentioned doing and being what is described and taught in the Bible. You could consider it a construct of the early Church that we in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod consider an accurate and Scriptural statement who God is and what He does. We use this statement of faith in many of our worship services, in Christian instruction classes, in personal and corporate devotions, and in everyday life. (For example, I have used the Apostles’ Creed at the bedside of the sick and dying.)
The Apostles’ Creed gives us a clear and precise statement of who God is and what He does. So, we teach and believe it as Lutheran Christians. It covers doctrine (teachings we believe and confess) such as the Biblical teachings of creation, God’s almighty power (omnipotence), Jesus Christ and His life, death and His resurrection, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In the Creed we say that we know and believe as true what the Bible teaches and that God has revealed to us. It is encapsulated in two simple words: “I believe.”
Like the father who sought Jesus’ aid in his son's illness, may we also pray: “Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief.”