Rules are there for our safety and well-being. Many times, we don’t appreciate these established rules. It’s because we don’t understand them. Usually in time they start to make more sense.
“Rules” is kind of a vague statement for guidelines. Instruction. There is a right way to do things. They usually make things easier, safer, and the way to get the proper results.
When the disciples tried to heal a young boy, they didn’t succeed. Reason: they didn’t follow Christ’s instructions. “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” (Matthew 17:17)
If you want something done right you gotta do it yourself. Yep. Faith is the key. I can fix it. I can start in my position. I can drive a car. Without true faith in your ability to do anything, you will fail, or at least come up short.
So what exactly did the disiples do wrong? Lack of believing they could do it. Lack of faith. Did they follow instructions? Did they stay within the rules?
Or maybe this verse is not only about lack of faith, but also about going to Christ when we have failed him and failed at a task he has instructed us to do. Hmmm.