“And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
One of the most common responses of Jesus when his disciples were not able to do something was to comment on their faith. The verse above is indicative of this as He asked them, “…how is it that ye have no faith?” It seems harsh that Jesus responded to them about their faith because they were in the middle of a great storm and they feared that they were going to die; however, Jesus wanted them to understand that their faith needed to increase to the point that storms like they just endured wouldn’t bother them because they were going to face greater storms in the ministry. The result of no faith or little faith always brings out several negative responses in people. Let me show you some of these responses.
First, fear is present where there is no faith. Fear has a way of stymying the Christian’s ability to see through the eyes of faith. When you see through the eyes of faith, you look at fearful circumstances through God’s eyes as opportunities for the LORD to do something great.
Many people allow their fear to keep God from doing something through their life. Many people won’t serve the LORD full-time because they are fearful of failure. Many don’t attempt great things for God because they are fearful that they may fail and nobody wants to fail. As long as you allow fear to rule your spirit, you will never experience the great miracles that faith allows God to do through your life. Fear is a human act; whereas, faith is a God-like act. You are going to have to understand that fear will be absent whenever faith is present. The only way to kick fear out of your life is to trust God by faith that He will come through.
Second, worry is present when there is little faith. In Matthew 6, Jesus encouraged the disciples not to worry about how they would be taken care of in the ministry. He says in verse 30, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Christian, when is the last time God didn’t take care of you? God has always made sure that everything you needed has been cared for, so why do you continue to worry about tomorrow’s provisions? Stop wasting so much mental energy on the things of tomorrow when you can use that energy to live the life of faith today. As long as you worry about what is going to happen tomorrow, you are wasting the energy that faith needs today to do God’s miraculous works.
Third, unbelief is present where there is no faith. Of all the places where Jesus could do no mighty works, it was in his hometown. Matthew 13:58 shows us why when it says, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Many Christians and churches miss out on God’s mighty works because they don’t believe it can happen today. My friend, it is only unbelief that keeps God’s mighty works from happening today. When we don’t act on faith because of our unbelief, we are missing out on what God can do through us and for this generation. The only reason this generation doesn’t see the mighty works of God like previous generations is because of our lack of faith.
Faith is the key that unlocks the mighty and powerful works of God. Don’t let fear, worry and unbelief rob you of experiencing the mighty works that faith in God accomplishes.