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 He 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, He couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place His hands on a few sick people and heal them” (Mark 6:5, NLT).
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’ll 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.”
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 He simply goes in another direction. But that does not mean God wants us to abandon faith, never asking, never hoping, living without desires.
Do you still believe Jesus can? Do you believe He will? No matter what your trial, no matter how far beyond hope it seems, He is ready to intervene. Ask Him to breathe faith into you.