Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see an amazing move of God in your life, the life of your church and in your city? I have been thinking about this very thing lately. After all, his Word says that he is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). I will be honest; I can imagine some pretty amazing things that God could do. So why doesn’t he move in such a powerful way?
I think part of the answer can be found in looking at a scene that plays out in Jesus’ ministry. He is in his hometown ready to teach and heal but Mark records these words, “And he could do not mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:5-6). Jesus’ ministry was hindered because of the people’s lack of faith.
Now don’t misunderstand what the text is communicating. Jesus was not powerless in this moment (after all he did heal some people) but he did not unleash his miraculous power because he knew they did not believe he was the Messiah. He knew that no amount of miracles would rouse them from their spiritual apathy.
I readily confess that sometimes we don’t see a mighty move of God because it is not in his timing. But, I am also convinced that there are times we don’t see a mighty move of God because of our lack of faith. We have become so complacent in our Christian lives and in our churches that we are comfortable with the status quo. We don’t see God do great things because we don’t expect him to do great things. We don’t believe.
Will you join me in believing that God can move in a mighty way in your life, your church and your city? Will you ask God to do what only he can do, believing that he can? If it doesn’t happen I want it to be because it is not in God’s timing not because of our lack of faith!