Where Is My Faith?

Trials reveal whether we really trust God.
Following Jesus meant staying on the go. The disciples must have often felt exhausted as they assisted the Lord during his ministry. His work was not centered in one locale, but moved frequently from place to place. Jesus also felt the physical toll.
Three of the gospel writers tell of one trip across the Sea of Galilee. It was a trip that the fishermen among them had made many times. This time a fierce storm arose. It was severe enough to frighten even the veteran seamen. When they turned to the Lord for his advice, he was “in the stern, asleep on a pillow” (Mark 4:38, NKJV).
The words they then spoke were motivated by desperation and fear. “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (v. 38) To them it seemed certain that if Jesus cared he would not be sleeping through their terrifying ordeal.
Rousing from his sleep, Jesus merely spoke the words, “Peace, be still!” (v. 39), and the winds immediately ceased. But another storm was stirred within these disciples when Jesus turned to them: “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (v. 40)
What exactly did these disciples have trouble believing? That Jesus could do something about the storm that threatened their lives? That Jesus cared enough to stand with them through the storm? Or did they have doubts about both? What a difference faith would have made in those men on that occasion!
God saw fit to preserve this account for our meditation. There’s a lesson to be learned from it, though we may never sail the Sea of Galilee. Storms will certainly come our way, and some will make us wonder (1) if God has the power to do anything about it, and / or (2) if God cares enough to notice.
For situations like these, we have a rock-solid promise that God is able to help and that he cares. Paul presented the promise with these words: “There isn’t any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13, God’s Word Translation).
In our case, the Lord may not immediately still the storm. We may have to ride out the storm all the way across the sea we’re traveling. But faith assures us that God is still in the boat, fully aware of the severity of the situation. As long as God is with me, all is well with my soul.

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