Saturday, August 2, 2014

Excitement in the boat, part 12: where is your faith?

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 8:25 NASB)

Jesus asked the disciples an interesting question. "Where is your faith?" When the hurricane/storm threatened to swamp their boat, they were badly frightened and finally turned to Jesus for help. He moved closer to them, spoke to the storm, and calmed the seas. 

The disciples were as frightened of the power of Jesus as they were of the storm. "Who is this man?" They were asking. They had been with Jesus nonstop, heard Him teach countless times, heard Him claim to be the Messiah. They had proclaimed their faith in Him. When the hard time arrived, however, that faith in Jesus was in short supply. 

They had enough faith for listening, but not for living. When they needed their faith in Christ to see them through a crisis, they didn't seem to have enough. Why not?  Where was their faith? Their faith was in their own ability to deal with the trouble they faced, not in Jesus and His power to see them through. 

It's a good question for us, as well. Where is our faith? In ourselves or in Jesus?  

Pray today that we and our loved ones will place our faith securely in the One who has power over any storm we face, rather than in ourselves. 
Link to last night's blog post:
The terrorist prayer focus this week is Hamas. Pray that they will begin to value life, that their efforts at terror will not prosper, and that their social welfare programs will be more important to them than their costly efforts at destruction. Pray for the kind of Damascus road experience that turned a Saul into a Paul.