If what Jesus says is true, then the effect of unbelief is as great as the effect of belief. Jesus let’s our belief or unbelief affect his action in our lives, and the lives of those around us. Before Jesus heals Jarius’ daughter in Mark 5 it says that Jesus, “put unbelief out” of the house. I am stopped in my tracks even more when I read Mark 6. Jesus said, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor. He couldn’t do ANY miracles among them, except place his hands on a few sick people and heal them…and he wondered at their unbelief” (Mark 6:4-5) Mark suggests that it was the lack of belief that kept Jesus from performing miracles. What! That can’t be!
The teaching often seems to be on two different sides of the spectrum. Either it is all up to us or it is all up to God. The old, “Let go and let God” routine. Somewhere in the middle lies belief. I see this as God honoring our dignity. He allows for us to play a part, and often our part is primarily belief. Not only does unbelief sadden Him, but according to the Gospel writers, our unbelief can hinder what He wants to do in our lives. As we go about our day today may we pay attention to areas of our lives where unbelief may be creeping in. God wants us to experience the fullness of his power and activity in our lives.
Lie: Our belief or unbelief doesn’t play a crucial role in God’s activity
Truth: Unbelief can hinder the full work that God wants to do in our lives
“He couldn’t do any miracles among them, except place his hands on a few sick people and heal them…and he wondered at their unbelief” (Mark 6:5)