In this life, there are lots of challenges or storms of life confronting every one of us. No one can say that he or she is immune to storms of life.
However, while some are scaling through the storms of life with ease the majority are been swallowed by the storm and are helpless in tackling these storms.
Obviously, If Jesus is still with us today, he will sure to ask us similar question that he asked his disciples, when he was with them. This was recorded in Luke 8:25a which says, He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
Before that question, let us get to understand the setting that brought about the question. That can be seen in Luke 8:22-24 “One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.”
So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a storm of wind came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.
And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there was calm.
Being afraid they marveled, saying one to another, “Who is this, then, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?
Looking at the above scenario, it was Jesus who commanded them to get to the other side of the lake. Jesus was equally with them when they encountered a great storm on their way to the other side.
What happened here proves that even though you may have a right standing with God or that Jesus is with you does not mean that you can’t experience storms of life.
The book of Psalms 34:19 say, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Experiencing storms of life is not the issue but what need to do not to sink in the storm or not to allow the storms to swallow us is what is important, since we may surely experience storms of life.
Here the level of our faith comes in. Jesus asked them “where is your faith”? It is faith that puts believers in command of the supernatural. That is to say, those who are scaling through the storms of life with ease have mastered their faith or that they have built strong faith.
According to the book of Isaiah 53:1 the hands of God that provokes the supernatural can only be by faith. That is to say, It takes faith to invoke the supernatural because it takes faith to pull the hands of God.
According to a legend of faith, Bishop David Oyedepo, We are not defeated because of the devil and his agents but are defeated because of unbelief which is lack of adequate faith. We sink not because of flood of evil (storms) but because of little faith.
It is little faith which makes us to doubt that makes us to sink under the storm. Take for instance Peter as seen in Mathew 14:30-31 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Even if we started with little faith, Jesus liked our faith a grain of mustard seed as seen in Luke 13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
Little faith, if cast into a well watered garden of our heart and nurtured, it will grow as the mustard seed grew. It will grow to become great faith just as the mustard seed grew to become a great tree.
Having said that, it is very obvious that we all have personal responsibility to nurture and grow our faith. How much we invest out of the measure of faith given to us determine how much we gain out of it.
HOW DO WE BUILD OUR FAITH? The book of Romans 10:17 clearly state one of the steps to grow our faith. It says, “Faith grows by hearing and hearing the word of faith. Faith feeds on revelation of the word of God.
Quoting Bishop David Oyedepo, “The level of supernatural we command is determined by the level of our faith. When we stop feeding, we start dying. When we stop learning we start decaying. No one moves forward sitting down, but we all move forward taking steps.
In summary, storms of life may come our way, but we need to build strong or great faith if we are to scale those storms of life with ease. We do that by constantly feeding and studying the word.
In addition, we need to make use of other faith boasters as to boast our faith. We do so by spending quality time to read inspiring books on faith.
Please don’t be lazy, we don’t know when the storms of life could come, and we need to be prepared by taking time to build our faith. Shalom!
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