“And He marvelled because of their unbelief.” – Mark 6:6
Unbelief is represented as filling Jesus with surprise; and is it any wonder, especially our unbelief? Consider what God hath done to remove doubt. He hath sent His character, “God is love.”
He hath made a proclamation, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.’ He hath given an invitation, “Look unto me, and be ye saved.” He hath employed entreaty, “As though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
He hath issued a command, “This is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ.” He hath sworn an oath, “That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation.” He hath given His Son as a pledge, to assure us that “whosoever believeth on Him shall never perish, but have eternal life.” He hath added the testimony of all His saints.
Well then may He marvel at our unbelief. Never let us attempt to excuse it, but let us plead and pray against it, until we conquer it.—James Smith, 1840