Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is Dependent on Faith – Part I
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:53-58
Key Verse: Matthew 13:58
And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
We come now to our part in experiencing the Power of God.
I have said many times that God does all the heavy lifting, but we still have an essential part to play in most of God’s plans for us. Our part in experiencing God’s power is having the faith to claim it.
When we think about a miracle, we naturally think primarily of God’s part. Afterall, that is what a miracle is all about. The part that we play in a miracle is small but essential, and that is simply having faith that God can do whatever He wants.
While our part in a miracle is small, it can be difficult if we doubt that God can do what we are asking for.
Today’s Scripture Reading tells of a time that Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth. Jesus did His normal routine of teaching at the local synagogue. But the people in His hometown rejected Him because they could not believe that Jesus was any more than the carpenter’s son that they knew since He was a child.
Our Key Verse for today summarizes the results of their rejection: “And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
The people of Nazareth could have experienced many more miracles if only they would have had faith in Jesus. God made sure to record this for our benefit, so we might understand the critical part we play in seeing God work in our lives.
The Hebrew writer reminds us of the importance of our faith:
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Think about what Hebrews is saying: it is impossible to please God without faith.
When God saved you and me from our sins it was because we believed that Jesus existed and that He would reward us for seeking Him. That faith was how our journey with God began, and it is the same kind of faith that we must have to experience the power of God throughout our lives.
You likely want to experience the power of God in your life just like I do.
In theory, we believe that God’s power is without limit, and He can do whatever He chooses. But when it gets down to a specific request, we often stumble in our faith.
Like me, you do not want to put limits on what God can do in your life. We do not want our story to end like the people of Nazareth where God could not do all that He wanted to do in us due to lack of faith.
In the next set of devotionals, I hope to help us all build our faith in a miracle-working God who is still in the business of miracles!
Father, I want You to work in my life. Help my faith to grow so that You can do immeasurably more in me that I can ask or imagine. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.