‘And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.’
Jesus spent a lot of time teaching and preaching in His hometown of Nazareth. It was His custom to go to the synagogues and teach the Scriptures. Needless to say, His teachings were not welcomed openly.
The Jewish leaders rejected His authority. They discredited Him as being the Messiah. They even sought to kill Him.
Rather than opening their hearts and having faith, they were skeptics and resistant. They were closed-minded and hard-hearted. And because they rejected Jesus, they were not able to see and experience the mighty works of God through Him.
Many people could have been healed. Many miracles could have been performed. Even more importantly, many people could have forgiven of their sins and saved but were not because of their unbelief.
Does your unbelief keep you from seeing the mighty works and miracles of God? Sometimes we are just like the skeptics and resistant people. Sometimes we limit the power of God because of our unbelief.
We need not to humanize the things of God. Unbelief holds us back from witnessing the greatness of God. We want to see and witness His glory. We need to be like the father in Mark 9:24, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Lord, I confess my unbelief and ask You to forgive me. Help me to faithfully live out what You teach me in the Scriptures. Help me to never hinder the Spirit of God.