Are you Frustrated?
"And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him." 17 And Jesus answered, "O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me." 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" 20 He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."
Have you ever been frustrated about not being able to do what God told you to do and assigned you to do? This passage describes our inability to do the works of God without faith in God and obedience to His word. The faithless and twisted (morally bankrupt) generation had no power to help the boy suffering demon caused epileptic symptoms.
Jesus wondered how long He was to be among such faithless and twisted people who were unable to overcome sin and Satan. He knew that His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead would break the power of sin and Satan for all who believed (Romans 6:6-7; Hebrews 2:14-15). He knew that His absence from them would mean the Holy Spirit would reside in each one inspiring faith and obedience (Ezekiel 36:27; John 16:7).
The disciples did what all of us should do when we see Jesus do what we cannot do. The disciples asked Jesus why they couldn't heal the boy with the epileptic symptoms. When we read in God's word what people of God do or what the Lord states we are to be doing and it isn't happening in our lives, then we need to ask Jesus, "Why?"
Jesus' answer to the disciples was that they had "little faith". Faith the size of a mustard seed (a small seed) can move mountains and make possible for us what had seemed impossible.
Jesus desires us to have great faith. It is His will. If we ask anything according to His will we know He hears us. If we know He hears us we know we have what we have asked (1 John 5:14-15).
The disciples asked the Lord to increase their faith (Luke 17:5). When we ask Jesus why we can't do what He says we can, we need to ask Him to provide for us what He says we lack.
Jesus is good. You can trust Him.
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Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures: