And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
(Matthew 13:58 NIV)
For the past few years, God has led me on a journey of discovering how the miracles of Christ are relevant to us today. And I’ve noticed that the basis for every miracle was faith. Almost every person that received a miracle had some faith:
- Martha believed that Jesus could raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:25-27)
- The centurion believed that at Jesus’ Word, his servant would be healed. (Matthew 8:8)
- The bleeding woman believed that if she could touch Jesus’ robe, her bleeding would stop. (Matthew 9:21)
- Jairus begged Jesus to come to his house and heal his dying daughter. (Luke 8:41-42)
- Peter walked on water with the little faith he had. (Matthew 14:31)
- The father of the mute and deaf son was willing to believe with his unbelief that Jesus could heal his son. (Mark 9:24)
I could go on and on. But what I want to point out is that during almost every miracle, Jesus was looking for some evidence of faith on the part of those expecting one. Faith was the driving force behind the miracles. And as we’ve seen in the last example, even little faith will do because that little faith can grow.
When I look back at the miracles I’ve witnessed in my own life, I can honestly say that God will honour your faith – no matter how small – in His way and time. So often we spend so much time questioning and doubting instead of simply believing. His miracles become our own when we believe.
If we’re seeing less miracles today, we need to ask if we believe. “And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith” (Matthew 13:58).