Luke 8:24-25 (NKJV)
24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
As the winds blew and the boat began to take on water, the disciples were terrified and Jesus slept peacefully. We can easily be critical of His disciples, but if you are like me, you’ve been shaken by less…much less.
He didn’t ask did they have faith. He did rebuke them of having ‘little’ faith as He did on other occasions. He asked, “WHERE is your faith?”
God gives all of us a measure of faith…
Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Sometimes it only shows up in small measure…
Matthew 6:30 (NKJV)
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
And, sometimes it doesn’t show up at all…
Luke 8:25 (NKJV)
But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
If you think about it, this happens in the physical world quite often.
You get ready to pay for your groceries. You reach in your pocket or purse and realize you left your money at home. “Where is your money?” You didn’t ‘bring it along’ so you don’t have access to it.
Or, you have been working in your yard all day long. A friend calls and asks if you can help them move some furniture. You tell them, “I would but I’m just too tired.” You are strong enough, but right now, you’re just too tired to help. Where is your strength? Just because you’re too tired doesn’t mean you aren’t strong enough.
Or, you know you put your car keys on the kitchen counter, but you can’t find them. Someone placed a dish towel over them, blocking your view. Where are your keys? Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there, but at the time you don’t have access to them.
Sometimes we go into situations ‘without our faith…
Sometimes we have gone through so much, our faith can be weaker…
Or sometimes we can let the storms of life (like the disciples) hide or overpower our faith.
None of these situations mean we don’t have faith, we are just denying ourselves access to its power.
Be encouraged. God knows we have weak moments. Don’t let your failures allow the devil to manipulate you into thinking you have no faith.
But, at the same time don’t be satisfied with little faith either. Remember what God has already done for you. Tell others of what God has done for you and remind them of what He’s already done for them. And, do what it takes to grow your faith…Jesus said it very plainly in Matthew 17…
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[b]
If you’re going through a trial of your faith right now, hang in there or encourage someone else going through…
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
The same God who brought you through past situations can bring you through this one. Just make sure to let the faith you do have….show up.