Why we sometimes "Amaze" Jesus, and how not to

Jesus expected people to live a life of faith. He regularly rebuked His own disciples for not exercising faith.   At one point Jesus’ disciples are in a boat in the middle of the sea.  There is a great storm going on and the boat is being flooded.  The disciples believe they are going to drown. Where is Jesus at this time?  

Mark 4:38 (NIV) Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

That sounds like us doesn't it?  “God don’t you care about me Can’t you see all this trouble in my home?  Don’t you care?!” Look at Jesus response to theses disciples:

Mark 4:39-40 (NIV) He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. [40] He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

See, He expected them to use the faith they already had.  Instead of being fearful, He expected them to FAITHful: full of faith. Jesus believed that things would work out if faith was exercised. He believes the same thing about you.   He knows if YOU will exercise faith, the things that drive others to despair will cause you to experience a miraculous provision.

After Jesus began His ministry, He returned to his home town to minster.  The people there refused to believe and trust Him.  So significant was their unbelief that Jesus could not do ANY miracles!  

Mark 6:5-6 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. [6] And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Jesus was amazed at them.

I wonder if He is ever amazed at us.  I wonder if He ever thinks, "If  they would  just trust Me,  I could do so much for them!” Let’s continually be amazed at His power, and never cause Him to be amazed at us.