“Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mark 6:4-6 NIV)
If you want a miracle, you must have faith. Jesus couldn’t do any miracles because his family and friends didn’t believe He was God. Faith is believing what we can’t see (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). Faith is believing the sun will rise in the morning and set at night. Faith is believing the air around us will allow us to breathe. Faith is believing that God is sovereign; He can do anything. Faith is believing God can do miracles.
Jesus was interested in how much faith we have. We see it in the scriptures often. When He healed the blind man, Jesus asked him if he had faith to be healed (Mathew 9:28 NIV). He commended the woman who knelt at His feet asking for a miracle; Jesus said the mother’s faith had healed her daughter(Matthew 15:28 NIV). Jesus said the same to the woman healed from years of bleeding by touching His robe, her faith healed her (Matthew 9:21 NIV). Time and again, Jesus was interested in the faith of the people He healed. Without faith, miracles can’t happen.
Without faith, miracles can’t happen.
“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies” (Hebrews 11:32-34 NIV).
None of the things listed in the verses above would have happened if the people didn’t have faith. The first step of faith that we have to take is faith in Jesus. When we believe in Jesus, we’re believing in what is not seen. We believe He is real, that He exists, even though we can’t see Him. When we believe in Jesus, we’re exhibiting faith to those around us. When we model our lives after Jesus, we’re living out our faith in Him. Each day we seek Him, our faith will grow. As our faith grows, we’ll begin to see the miracles God does every single day in our lives. We’ll see the miracle of the sunrise and sunset, we’ll thank Him for the air we breathe. We’ll know, He is sovereign, He can do anything.
Question of the Day:
What miracle are you believing God for today?
Further Reading: Leviticus 13:1-59 NIV, Mark 6:1-29 NIV, Psalm 39:1-13 NIV, Proverbs 10:10 NIV