Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
Luke 8:22-25 (NIV)
Faith — a word we have heard time and again, and is all throughout the Bible.
One of the most recognizable uses of this word in the Bible can be found in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.”
Faith is an essential part of the life of every Christian, but at different times in our lives, our faith can be proven to be on different levels. No matter where we are in our faith walk, there is always hope of reaching higher heights in faith.
Discovering where we are in our faith can help us better understand where we are and where God wants us to be.
(Mark 4:37-40) “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, ‘Master, carest thou not that we perish?’ And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace, be still.’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, ‘Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?)’”
Fear rules when there is no faith.
Where there is fear, there will often be desperation, which causes us to act without rational, reasonable thought. This plays into the plan of destruction Satan has for us all. Fear is not of God; fear corrupts faith and causes separation.
II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
(Matthew 6:30 (KJV) “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
Many Christians fall into this category, in church, struggling to survive, when God’s plan is for you to thrive! They doubt God will make a way for them.
(Matt 14:29-31) “And he said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, ‘Lord, save me.’ And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, ‘O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?)’”
(Matthew 15:28 (KJV) “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.’ And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
At times we can come to a place where our faith digresses and becomes weak, it’s then that we should be understanding, and supportive of those that find themselves here.
Romans 14:1-3 (NIV) “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.”
Where is your faith today?
Elder Mark Kirkland is pastor of Temple of Faith Apostolic Ministries in Killeen.