It is sobering to read in Matthew 13:58:
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. – Mt 13:58 NIV
Jesus was in his hometown and instead of believing in His power to do the miraculous, the people focused on their own boxes of logic and experiences of watching Jesus grow up and knowing his family. Basically, they thought, “Who does he think he is?”
Having the vantage point of 2,000 years later after Jesus walked on the earth gives us a different perspective. Yet, do we still struggle with believing Jesus to carry out the promises He has spoken over our lives?
Does our unbelief or lack of faith have an effect on God carrying out his promises in our lives?
Our belief and willingness to walk by faith precedes Father’s promises, work and words proceeding in our lives to the fullest extent.
- Precede — to go or come before
- Proceed — to carry on or continue any action or process
Believing God for His promises to play out in our life is often one of crying out like the father whose son had been possessed by an evil spirit since childhood.
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!'” – Mark 9:24
In waiting on His promises to play out in our lives, Jesus often reaffirms our hearts like He did for Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, whose daughter was dying, “But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.'” – Mark 5:36
As I’ve written before in Unopened, Father’s gifts are often:
- Seemingly unlikely
- Extrodinarily unrealistic
- Randomly untimely
- Massively inconvenient
- Crazy leaps of faith
- Highly illogical
- Unexpected blessings
- Unimaginable opportunities
Yet in these, seemingly impossible realities, Jesus challenges us to:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” – Mt 7:7-11
Are you believing and receiving by faith the promises God’s spoken over your life? Don’t leave them unopened because they don’t fit into your box of logic and possibility.
“And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.'” – Mk 9:23
May we be like Abraham in believing God for a son . . . a promise which took 25 years to come to fruition:
“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” – Rm 4:20-21