“He was amazed at their lack of faith.”

Mark 6:6

Friday, 9 July 2021

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith. This must have been so painful for him. The people of his home, the place where he should be most welcomed and accepted, doubted him, diminished him, did not believe in him. The people of Nazareth knew of Jesus’ teachings and works. So the extent and effect their doubt had on their lives must have been astounding to him.

To doubt something, one needs to believe in that something. The Nazarenes were determined not to accept Jesus despite the evidence of his miracles. This unbelief, this lack of faith, impacted what Jesus did and did not do in Nazareth during his visit. He chose not to perform miracles due to their lack of faith and refusal to believe Him. The purpose of Jesus’ miracles was to reveal himself as the Lord and bring people to life. The people of Nazareth had set their minds to reject Jesus. So there was no need for him to perform miracles there at that time. Their lack of faith limited what Jesus could do there. This must have been amazing to Jesus, incomprehensible.

As Christians, we often have doubts. We have unanswered questions. We wonder about what and why God is doing things. We wonder when and how God will answer our prayers. This is normal. We still believe. We need to ask ourselves and think about what are we allowing to obscure our view of what is right in front of us? What are we allowing to distort our recognition of truth? What are we limiting Jesus to do in our lives?

Jesus and his disciples moved on from Nazareth. He did not force or try to convince the people to believe him. Instead, Jesus moved on to places where he was welcomed and trusted. He went where the faith of the people allowed great teachings and great miracles to occur.

Lord God,

Are you amazed at my lack of faith? Heal me, Lord, of my doubts that prevent me from recognising how you are at work in my life. Let me amaze you by responding more to the gentle calls of your grace.

Amen.

 
Gillian Hugo

Gillian was educated at Pretoria High School for Girls and at Johannesburg College of Education where she qualified as a pre-school teacher. She has taught for more than 20 years in the government and private sectors. Gillian is married and has 2 children. She is training as a mindset and mindfulness coach. Gillian enjoys being creative and her hobbies include watercolour painting, reading, travelling and she loves the beach!

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