Mark 6:5 (NKJV) Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
Today’s message reminds us we live in times of great uncertainty; uncertainty in our jobs, our finances and/or our relationships.
This can cause us to feel shaken, unsettled or even insecure in our faith. In such times God wants us to know He is a sure foundation.
Everything around us can and will be shaken but the Lord remains steadfast.
In the sixth chapter of Mark, just following the powerful healing of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34) and the healing of the synagogue ruler’s daughter (5:35-43), Jesus went to His hometown where He encountered outright unbelief.
I have always been astonished by the following verse: “Because of their unbelief, Jesus couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place His hands on a few sick people and heal them” (Mark 6:5, NLT). Now, this is incredible to me!
The faith and belief that Jesus can heal our life situations are transformational.
This verse blows my theology out of the water. How can a sovereign God have His hands tied by the unbelief of human beings?
The truth is, Jesus was sending a message to that town, saying in essence, “Sorry, but others have such faith that they will cut a hole in their roof to lower a sick man down to Me so I can heal him, and you don’t even believe that I can heal your situations.” Do you believe Jesus can heal today?
This passage ends with this incredible statement: “He was amazed at their unbelief” (Mark 6:6). Let this be a warning to all.
Do not leave off reading this message with any unbelief in your heart. Of course, there are times in our lives when God may choose to act in a way contrary to our desires.
We pray we plead, we believe for the Lord to intervene, and the Master simply goes in another direction. But that does not mean God wants us to abandon faith, never asking, never hoping, living without desires.
It means our Lord sees the end from the beginning and it will ultimately work out for our good and for His glory.
Point to Ponder
Do you still believe Jesus can? Do you believe Jesus will? No matter what your trial, no matter how far beyond hope it seems: Your sickness, marriage, children, career, Ministry, relationship, addiction, and that situation, the Lord is ready to intervene on your behalf people of God!!
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