How Can We Doubt Him
The two most marvelous things to the Lord Jesus may be the unbelief and the great faith He finds in men. I can find nothing else that the Bible says He marveled about.
Mark 6:6a: And he marvelled because of their unbelief. . . .
Luke 7:9: When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, (the faith-filled Centurian) and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
If these things were marvelous to Him they should be marvelous to us. It is marvelous that men can doubt the God who is all-knowing, all powerful, all loving and reveals sufficient truth about Himself that all men should choose to trust Him. It is marvelous that they do not.
And then it is marvelous that He can give great faith to men who were locked in unbelief. I marvel that I was one who had been locked in unbelief and one to whom He has chosen to provide saving faith. I marvel and say: Why me? I know countless other people that I consider more worthy than me. Why Me?
Hebrews 12:1-2b: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; . . .
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Numbers 14:11b: . . .how long will it be ere they believe me . . .
Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that He will withdraw His visible presence if we insult Him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we can never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance. Among hateful things it is the most to be abhorred. Its injurious nature is so venomous that he that exerciseth it and he upon whom it is exercised are both hurt thereby. In thy case, O believer! it is most wicked, for the mercies of thy Lord in the past, increase thy guilt in doubting Him now. When thou dost distrust the Lord Jesus, He may well cry out, *Behold I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.* This is crowning His head with thorns of the sharpest kind. It is very cruel for a well-beloved wife to mistrust a kind and faithful husband. The sin is needless, foolish, and unwarranted. Jesus has never given the slightest ground for suspicion, and it is hard to be doubted by those to whom our conduct is uniformly affectionate and true. Jesus is the Son of the Highest, and has unbounded wealth; it is shameful to doubt Omnipotence and distrust all-sufficiency. The cattle on a thousand hills will suffice for our most hungry feeding, and the granaries of heaven are not likely to be emptied by our eating. If Christ were only a cistern, we might soon exhaust His fulness, but who can drain a fountain? Myriads of spirits have drawn their supplies from Him, and not one of them has murmured at the scantiness of His resources. Away, then, with this lying traitor unbelief, for his only errand is to cut the bonds of communion and make us mourn an absent Saviour. Bunyan tells us that unbelief has *as many lives as a cat:* if so, let us kill one life now, and continue the work till the whole nine are gone. Down with thee, thou traitor, my heart abhors thee.