And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58 ESV)
In this instance, Jesus decided to not do any mighty works in Nazareth because the people did not believe in Him. They rejected Him as a teacher and Son of God. It makes me wonder how many times I faced an impossible situation that caused me not to believe in the Lord. After all, there are so many things in this world that just don’t seem right. It’s as if God is absent on the issues of poverty, tragedy, and illness.
I must remind myself not to be fooled by what I see. There are many things yet to be seen, and I am referring to the spritual activities happening in the background. Ultraviolet light is invisible to the naked eye, but we know it exists. The same holds true for God. He remains invisible to us for only a short time and will one day open our eyes so that we can see everything.
I must not allow the attitude of unbelief settle into my heart. Otherwise, I might not see the mighty work of God already in progress. The less faith I have, the more blind I will be. Scripture has a way restoring our vision and clearing a pathway for our feet. And prayer brings us into communion with Almighty God.
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (John 14:10-11).