But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: for they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately, he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:49-52, KJV)
In this passage the disciples were witnesses to phenomenal miracles, but were, as it says, hardened in their hearts to the point that Christ’s miracles and Christ’s words still either amazed or confused them.
Experiencing one miracle should lead to faith in additional miracles.
We shouldn’t wonder when something amazing happens to us! Knowing that God is Who He is should make miracles a normal occurrence in our lives. It shouldn’t surprise us that God gives us wondrous things!
We should be looking for the miracles when the difficulties come.
Every single time a miracle happened, a trial happened first. The people were hungry when Christ fed them. It was storming when Christ came to them on the water. When those hard times come into your life, take your eyes off the problem and get excited! Anticipate God’s glorious miracle that is coming! (I know that’s easier said than done, haha.)
Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? (Mark 8:14-21, KJV)
If God could multiply the loaves and fishes twice before, why would He care about your bread? He is not concerned with your abilities or lack thereof. He has everything He needs to take care of you.
God’s provision in one case should lead to faith in His provision always.
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. (Proverbs 28:14, KJV)
Hardening your heart will NOT lead to happiness!
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. (Psalms 95:1-9, KJV)
Hardening your heart means that you are not listening to His voice, or looking around you at everything He has created, and everything that He has given you.
Recognizing His power leads to worship, thanksgiving, and joy.
Often we equate taking advantage of God’s blessings, and being unaware and unthankful, with a hardening of heart. But Jesus defined a hardened heart with not seeing the miraculous.
What miracle is God working in your life that you are hardened to today? What is happening in your life that you can be rejoicing over, knowing that He is Almighty God?