Faith Stays Open

Leon Fontaine Devoted

Now He could do no 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 (NKJV)


We’ve been on a series in this devotional about stubborn faith and what this kind of faith looks like in our lives. One thing that can get in the way of walking in faith is when we become too familiar with the people God wants to use to bless us.

Mark 6 provides a great example of this. Jesus had returned to his home town to minister to the people there, but because they were so familiar with Him, they couldn’t receive from Him. They said, “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid” (v. 3, The Message). Their familiarity limited what God wanted to do.

The same can happen in our lives today. When we’re standing in faith for something, God will often use imperfect people to bless us or pray for us. But if we are focused on those people’s imperfections instead of the fact that God is able to work through any believer, we won’t receive what He is trying to bring into our lives.

We have to remember that every believer is a son or daughter of God. Because we know their faults, we think God can’t use them, but God even used a donkey in Numbers 22 to speak to a prophet. He can use anyone and anything!

God wants to bless you, encourage you, and help you through the people He’s placed around you. Stubborn faith involves putting your judgments aside and staying open to receiving from God through anyone, because God works in mysterious ways!