This morning I was reading Luke chapter 8 and was taken in by Jesus’ words “where is your faith?” He spoke these words to his disciples when they thought they were going to drown as they were caught in a nasty storm on a lake in a boat. Therse four (4) words are so powerful and important to remember…where is your faith? Do you know people who are constantly battling storms? Maybe it is you. Last night I was asked to deliver a message at the funeral of a 22 year old man who had a sudden and tragic ending to his life. As I spoke with family and friends throughout the evening it was evident to me those who had faith and those who did not. Those with faith brought a calm to the storm. Do you bring “calm” to storms or “thunder and lightning?”
There will always be storms in our life, it is a part of living. How we handle the storms in turn will reflect to God and others where our faith is. As my faith has grown the storms seem to be less severe. But when I step back and look at the storms they are of the same magnitude or even worse than before. It is my faith that determines the severity of the storms I face today. Today I truly believe what Paul said in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Then Paul comes back in Philippians with one of my all time favorite verses in chapter 4:11-13…”I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Where is your faith? Do you believe you can do everything through Jesus? Faith is grown a day at a time through prayer, Bible reading, meditation and interaction with other Christians and then most importantly letting go of the storms a day at a time.