Luke 8:22-25 – “Now it came about on one of those days, that He and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along, He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended upon the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 And they came to Him and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And 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?” NASB
Jesus’ question in verse 25 is important and interesting. He asked, “Where is your faith?” This was not a question of existence of faith as much as it was the location of faith . It was a matter of trust. Jesus had said, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” That alone should have been sufficient as it revealed the desire of the Master. Their faith was challenged when the the elements, natural elements, impeded their progress.
The disciples woke Jesus up and said, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Jesus awakened and took immediate action calming the storm. Then He turned to them and said, “Where is your faith?” His question was both location and existence. His inference was that their faith was in what they could see more than what He had said. It was also a question of the existence of faith.
Where is it was His question. He spoke in light of the fact that had it been with Him and had faith been present in them, they could and should have spoken to the winds and waves and not been fearful of dying? Where, in the sense of what they were focused on. His question caused them to look in the mirror of their hearts and ask, “What do we trust the most, what we can see or what He has said?”
We all encounter situations in life where the question could and should be asked, “Where is your faith?” Where in the sense of location and where in the sense of existence. I am reminded of the words of the wise man in Ecclesiastes 11:4, “He that watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.” If we allow what we see and hear become a more powerful determiner in our lives than what God says, we will be as the disciples, fearful of life and filled with doubt. We will need the Savior to rescue us.
Rescue is not the demonstration of the Kingdom of God nor what Jesus has commissioned and authorized for us. He has authority over all the power of the enemy and has given us His authority. His finished work on the Cross totally defeated the devil and triumphed over him. We are seated with Jesus in the heavenly places. We have been given the Power of the Holy Spirit to pull down strongholds, bind the strongman, and loose the dynamics of the Kingdom in this world. Therefore, the appropriate question for each of us to ask is, “Where is Our Faith?”
Jesus came and operated as man empowered by the Holy Spirit. If He did all He did as God, then I am impressed but do not feel the compulsion or commission to emulate Him. If He did what He did as man anointed with the Holy Spirit and our example, then what He did I am to do. We dare not forget the words of our LORD in John 14:12-18 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. 13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 16 “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.” NASB
Therefore, I ask, “Where Is Your Faith?” I also urge me and you to commit ourselves to seek Him first and foremost. I ask, “If Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and if the Word of God always accomplishes that which He sends it to do, Why Not Now? Why Not Us?”
Lord, help us to place our faith in You and Your Words not what we see, feel, think, or experience in the natural if those things are contradictory to what You have said. Let our Faith by in You and Your Promises.
God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!