“And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”
Jesus asked the disciples a worthy question that must be answered by every believer who is going through a tough time, or who God is asking to do something great for Him. Jesus asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?” This question was in response to the disciples’ inability to see that He was in the boat when the storm came their way. Jesus commanded the disciples to get into the boat to go to the other side, and He was with them in the boat. When they started sailing to the other side, Jesus went to sleep to get some much-needed rest. However, a storm came, and the disciples thought they were jeopardy because the boat was filling with water. They awoke the Saviour and cried, “Master, master, we perish.” This response led to Jesus rebuking the wind and reminding them through question that their faith was with them in the boat; they had no reason to fear.
Are you facing a work of faith and wonder how you are going to accomplish it? Does the work of faith seem impossible that you have stepped out to do? Does it seem as if the work of faith is going to sink you? Has a storm come into your life that seems like it is going to sink you? The question the Saviour asks you is, “Where is your faith?” This question poses several answers that will help you.
First, your faith has not left you; He is with you as He was from the beginning of the storm or the work of faith. If Jesus asked you to go to the other side, and if Jesus went with you as you started your journey of faith, it doesn’t matter what storm of life may come your way, He is still with you. The storms don’t cause Jesus to disappear in your life; rather, fear is what keeps you from seeing the Master of the storms and seas.
Second, Jesus is saying that you have faith; you have simply misplaced it. When Jesus asks where is your faith, He is asking you where you misplaced it. God never asks you to do something that your faith is not great enough to do, and where He is not powerful to accomplish it through you. Jesus asks you where your faith is because He knows you have the faith within you to make it through your storm, and you have the faith within you to accomplish the work of faith He has asked you to do.
Third, Jesus is saying that you have faith, but you have placed it in someone or something else. The disciples had placed their faith in their abilities, and that is why they could not see the ability of Christ to get them through the storm. My friend, what have you placed your faith in that keeps you from realizing that God is able to help you? Who is it that you are depending on to help you through your storms and works of faith other than Christ? For you to be afraid only points out that you have placed your faith in something or someone else other than Christ. Fears will immediately disappear once you place your faith back on Christ.
My friend, your faith (Jesus) is in front of you; why are you letting fear control you? Jesus is your faith, and He is very capable of getting you to the other side of the work of faith that He has asked you to do. If you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will see that your faith is greater than any storm you may face.