The frustration of Jesus

JesusFacepalm“And he answered them, ‘O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.’” Mark 9:19 (ESV)

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I wrote last week that in order to develop an accurate picture of God, we must look at Jesus. One important aspect of getting to know someone is finding out what frustrates them. In today’s verse, we get a glimpse into one of the very few times that Jesus is frustrated.

This episode occurs as Jesus and three of the disciples come down from the Mount of transfiguration to encounter the remaining disciples attempting without success to cast a demon from a young boy.

Notice the word that Jesus uses in His frustration to describe that generation.

The word is “faithless”.

Jesus could have used words such as “sinful” or “disobedient. Instead, He chose “faithless”.

What frustrates Jesus is lack of faith.

It is not uncommon for us to believe that we frustrate Jesus the most with our sin, or our poor obedience to Him. Jesus expects our sin…after all He came to die for our sin.

Jesus wants us to have faith.

The original word used for faith in Scripture means far more than simple intellectual belief. It means belief along with a strong element of trust. In other words, Biblical faith means not only intellectually believing that Jesus is God, but also placing our complete trust in Him.

Putting our trust in Him means that we give Him control of our lives and trust that He will lead and care for us in the best way possible.

When we lack trust…we lack faith.

We may believe intellectually that Jesus is God, but still refuse to place the control of our lives into His hands. That really isn’t Biblical faith.

Biblical faith is placing our trust in Him.

Jesus knows about your sin, and He came to die and remove that sin. But His sacrifice doesn’t apply to us unless we have faith. And lack of faith frustrates Jesus enormously.

Spend some time thinking about how much of your life you have placed under the control of Jesus.

The goal should be ALL of it!

Prayer: Lord, show me where my faith is lacking and help me trust You more.

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