Thursday, February 4, 2021

Where Is Your Faith?

"Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples, and He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake."  And they launched out.
But as they sailed He fell asleep.  And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.
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.
But He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be?  For He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!"
Luke 8:22-25 (NKJV)

Locating something is necessary for us to make use of it.  If, for example, you need to get some gasoline for your car, you need to know the location of a gas station.  If you drive your car to a restaurant, you can find something to eat but nothing to fuel your car.  If you need a dentist, but you don't know the location of a good dentist and instead go to a bank, you will not find a dentist.  Knowing where something is located, knowing where it is, is an important thing. 

In Luke 8, Jesus was crossing a lake with His disciples, and there was a storm.  Jesus had gone to sleep and when the disciples were in danger, they woke Jesus up.  Jesus calmed the storm and asked the disciples an important question, "Where is your faith?".  The answer is that their faith was not in what Jesus said about crossing the lake, or even that He was with them, their faith, their confidence, was in what they saw and what they were experiencing.

Today we could ask ourselves, where is our faith?  Is our faith in God and what He has said, or are we focused on our circumstances?  Do we put more emphasis on God and His Word or on what we have been, or are, experiencing?  Do we trust in our own abilities, knowledge, and expertise more than we trust and have faith in God?  We need to develop a strong faith in God and His Word, which shows us the importance of knowing God's Word. Then, when the storms of life come to us, we are ready to deal with them.  Where is our faith today?

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