Matthew 13:58 “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
Mark 6:5-6 “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.”
Marvel – A wonder; that which arrests the attention and causes a person to stand or gaze, or to pause.
Jesus marvelled at the faith of the centurion who sent his servant to request healing for one of his servants. The centurion fully understood authority and by his faith in who Jesus was, he believed that all He needed to do was speak the Word and it would be done.
Matthew 8:10 “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
But there was another thing that caused our Savior to marvel. He had come to His hometown of Nazareth. There, He did the things He had done in other cities – taught and preached the Word. Unless faith meets the challenge, little to nothing will happen – which is exactly what happened in Nazareth.
Fast forward to today. We, who are saved, have trusted God for the salvation of our soul, but seemingly little else. Harsh, you say? I call into question the evidence of your most recent act of faith. Please understand, I am putting myself under the same scrutiny.
Take prayer, for instance. The Bible says:
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Did you ever feel as if your prayers never went as high as the ceiling? Faith in God’s Word can break that barrier.
Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
God speaks to us so simply so that we all can understand.
Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Ask, seek and knock. A child can do that. And it is childlike faith that God says we need.
Luke 18:17 “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
The seeds of doubt that our enemy sows to our heart corrupts our faith.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”
What we fail to do is know the very God we profess to trust. Do we know of His power? His forgiveness? His presence in us and through us? His promises and His unfailing, undying love toward us? For what we know and don’t do can be just as dangerous.
James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Knowing that we are to exercise the faith we’ve been given we must:
2 Corinthians 5:7 “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
Satan will always look for ways to get us to pull back from trusting God. Confidence in our flesh, confidence in man, philosophy, intellect or heritage; we trust everything and everyone BUT God.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Our doubt and unbelief have power as well. Knowing that we must trust and obey, let us go about our day with a renewed sense of faith in God’s Word and overcome our unbelief with the simple childlike faith that though is seem small – it can literally move mountains.
Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”