This is the first post on the topic of the encounter with faith series. In this segment, we shall be discussing the topic “where is your faith?” While Jesus was on earth, he once asked his disciples, saying, “Where is your faith?” However, before looking at that question, it is necessary to first and foremost understand the background that brought that question.
That background and setting can be seen in Luke 8:22-25. Here, one day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out to go to the other side of the lake.
As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep. A heavy storm came down on the lake so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. Jesus then turned and asked them, saying, “Where is your faith?” (NIV). In the same way, the question that is coming your way is, “Where is your faith?”
Further, before we analyze the question, it is necessary to understand some points concerning the background of our study. First, the disciples of Jesus were on their way to cross to the other side before they encountered this storm.
However, the idea of going to the other side was from Jesus. We need to learn therefore is that we may encounter the storms of life, even in the course of our obeying God’s instructions and directives.
That is to say that, even if it is God that directed us to take some actions, that may not prevent us from encountering certain storms of life. We need therefore to get this straight as we often get discouraged when we encounter certain storms of life while trying to obey God’s instructions and directives.
Secondly, Jesus was with them when they encountered that storm. What this means is that we may still suffer or encounter certain storms of life, even though God is with us and our actions.
We need to emphasize this because some question themselves as to the reasons they should suffer or encounter certain storms of life while as it is God that directed their actions and is with them on the boat. Please, suffering or encountering certain storms of life is no evidence that God is not with us.
Another lesson to learn is that the disciples were sore afraid, fearing that they are going to get drowned as a result of that storm even while Jesus was with them on that boat. Obviously, they suppose not to be afraid as Jesus was with them.
Remember that fear is one of the greatest enemies of our faith, as faith always gets paralyzed or throttled whenever we start entertaining fear. To this end, we should avoid ever entertaining any form of fear of going to drown while Jesus is with us in a boat.
It seems that it was fear that got their faith totally paralyzed or throttled and that resulted in Jesus asking them that question, “Where is your faith?. Talking about faith, “what is faith?” by the way?.
According to Bishop David Oyedepio, “Faith is a living force, drawn from the living word which produces living proofs.” In other words, faith is a spiritual force that connects the mortals, with the immortal God.
Furthermore, he equally defined faith as putting God on the line to validate His promises i.e. That is to fulfill His promises. It is our faith that makes God show up in our affairs.
However, according to Hebrew 11:1, it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV) That is, faith gives substances to the thing you are hoping for in life.
Having seen what faith is, I wish to point out that throughout the scriptures, one can see various degrees or levels of faith. First, we have what is called little faith.
That can be seen in Mathew 8:26 Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. (NIV)
Also in Mathew16:8, Jesus, aware of their discussion, asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? (NIV)
From little faith, one graduate to great faith. One can see that in Mathew 15:28 where Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
In addition, Luke 7:9 also says, “When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
The next degree of faith is called supernatural faith. This is God’s kind of faith, which comes as a result of great insight into the scriptures. That is to say, the level of insight you have determines the level of faith you manifest.
When we have faith, it shows in our utterances and lifestyle, but when we are afraid as a result of lack of faith, it is what results in the question, “where is your faith”?
Will you show them your great actions of faith or will you show forth how fearful you are showing that you lack faith? Shalom!