Resources by Unbelief

Why Men Cannot Believe in Christ

OUR Saviour was addressing himself to Pharisees, who would not receive him, and who, no doubt, pleaded that they could not believe on him. They had just seen a very notable miracle wrought by him: — a man who had been many years sick had been suddenly restored, and that by a word. That miracle, being of the same nature as the wonderful works of the great Father, a miracle...

John 5:44

The Singing Pilgrim

Ezekiel 14:20

Folly of Unbelief

Aug 28 THE two disciples who walked to Emmaus and conversed together, and were sad, were true believers. We may not judge men by their occasional feelings. The possession of gladness is no clear evidence of grace; and the existence of depression is no sure sign of insincerity. The brightest eyes that look for heaven have sometimes been holden so that they could not see their heart’s true joy. Be not cast...

Luke 24:25

Unbelief Condemned and Faith Commended

Jun 8 THESE two texts will serve to show the different estimate which God has of unbelief and of faith. He says of unbelievers, in my text taken from Deuteronomy, “They are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith”; as much as to say, that the absence of faith proves them to be froward, presumptuous, wilful, disobedient; a people at cross purposes with God. He says not only that...

Deuteronomy 32:20

Mistrust of God Deplored and Denounced

Oct 5 THE children of Israel were very prone to unbelief. They wanted something visible to worship and to trust: they could not learn the lesson of faith in the One great Invisible, and hence they were one day bowing before an idol, and the next they were murmuring against the true God. Their life was according to the flesh, after the sight of the eyes and the hearing of the ears,...

Numbers 14:11

Beware of Unbelief

Jun 6 The people of Samaria had cast off their allegiance to Jehovah, and worshipped other gods, and therefore, according to his solemn threatening, the Lord visited them with sore judgments. They were so blockaded by Syrian armies, that food failed them altogether, and in their hunger they devoured human flesh, and the most abominable offal. They could not open the city gates, for they knew that the adversary, if he once...

2 Kings 7:2

The Sad Wonder

Jun 12 THAT Jesus marvelled was in itself a marvel. We never read that either science or art, nature or providence, excited his wonder. We do not find that he marvelled at the grandeur of the temple, although his disciples were evidently wonder-struck, for they said, “Master, see what manner of stones and buildings are here!” Little did his mind dwell upon the gigantic size of the stones, or the antiquity of...

Mark 6:6

A Word with Those Who Wait for Signs and Wonders

Oct 31 READING the Old Testament, we observe that the Lord in the olden time condescendingly gave signs to his servants, when he saw that it would be for their good. Moses, when he was called to undertake the great work of bringing the chosen people up out of Egypt, and conducting them into the promised land, had a sign given him by which to assure him that he was truly called...

Luke 11:29

A Preacher from the Dead

Jul 26      Man is very loath to think ill of himself. The most of mankind are very prone to indulge in apologies for sin. They say, "If we had lived in better times we had been better men; if we had been born into this world under happier auspices we should have been holier; and if we had been placed in more excellent circumstances we should have been more inclined...

Luke 16:31

The Sin of Unbelief

Jan 14 One wise man may deliver a whole city; one good man may be the means of safety to a thousand others. The holy ones are "the salt of the earth," the means of the preservation of the wicked. Without the godly as a conserve, the race would be utterly destroyed. In the city of Samaria there was one righteous man—Elisha, the servant of the Lord. Piety was altogether extinct in...

2 Kings 7:19