Luke 8:22-25 – “Now on one of those days Yeshua and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let’s move to the other side of the lake.” So, they set out. 23 Then as they were sailing, He fell asleep. A violent windstorm came down on the lake, and they were swamped with water and in danger.
24 They came to Yeshua and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re perishing!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging wave of water. Then they stopped, and it became calm.
25 Then Yeshua said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!” TLV
Last time we began considering the question of where our faith is. We noted that it was not a question of having faith but of where that faith was placed. So, the question, “Where is your faith?” is a question that we need to answer and realize if we are to enjoy the abundance of life Jesus promised and become those who can and do enforce the Victory of Calvary.
Matthew 21:22 – “And whatever you ask in prayer, trusting (belief), you shall receive.”
What are we to believe? The obvious is, that we are to believe in Christ and the power of God! But it goes beyond that, far beyond that. We fall into one of two categories. We believe that it will happen, and we will have that for which we have asked. We will believe that it will not happen, and we will not have that for which we have asked. So, the question – “Where is your faith?”
The foundation and heart of the matter are learning to point or direct our faith in the right direction and place it upon the right object. Faith, as God intended, is simple, not complex, or complicated. Man tends to complicate faith and everything in which he is involved. We tend to infuse ‘sense knowledge’ or ‘human reason’ into the equation and call it logic. We somehow seem to feel that we need to understand everything to trust.
Yet, at the same time, we place our total confidence in others and human means without hesitation or fully understanding. We place our trust our lives in a medical doctor even without understanding medicine or the method of treatment. We will hire an attorney because we do not understand the law. Yet, we hesitate to trust the one who created us with our healing, guidance, and provisions, because we do not understand it all.
I feel the need to insert this comment: “God made us, therefore, surely, He knows how to care for us!” The bottom line is that it is a matter of trust. We do not understand all there is to know about salvation or how it is even possible, but we believe it. Then, why is it difficult to trust God in everything? It is a matter of trust!
Let me offer an illustration that may be of benefit. I read that once Stonewall Jackson and his sister-in-law were crossing the boiling torrent, just below the American Falls at Niagara. They were in a small boat manned by two oarsmen. The current was so swift that it swilled the boat around so much that Jackson’s sister-in-law became hysterical and terrified. She believed they were going to sink and be killed.
He seized her arm and turned to one of the men rowing the boat, “How often have you crossed here?” The oarsman said, “I’ve been rowing people across for twelve years.” Jackson then asked, “Did you ever have an accident?” The man said, “Never, sir!” Jackson continued, “Have you ever capsized and lost lives?” The man said, “Never, sir!” Jackson turned to his sister-in-law and said, “Did you hear what they said? Unless you think you can do a better and safer job, sit still, and let trust them, as I do!”
The question is, “Who can do a better job, you, or God?” Can we do better than to put our full confidence in Him? So, again I ask, “Where is your faith?” In what do you trust?
Faith is not simply feeling, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, or hearing. Faith is believing. In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
So, I conclude with these declarations:
- You can trust God with your health.
- You can trust God with your finances.
- You can trust God with your life.
- You can trust God with your eternal soul.
Where Is Your Faith?
God bless you as you enjoy this walk of faith and may it grow ever more wonderful. Have a wonderful day!