Where is Your Faith?

Written by Cherie Hill

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wherefaithIn times of disappointment, heartache, sickness or discontent when the storms of life are raging all around God sometimes feels very far away.  We can start to wonder why He let this happen, or why He isn’t doing something, right now, to stop it or fix it.  He could have prevented this storm and He didn’t.  As we come to the end ourselves in our storms of life, we angrily cry out, “Lord, don’t you care?”  And His reply is, “Where is your faith?”

If you are not currently experiencing a time of difficulty, or time of doubt and uncertainty, then PRAISE God! But get ready, because Jesus assured us in John 16:33 (NLT),

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world!”

Jesus in the midst of the storm

In Luke 8:22-25 and Mark 4:35-40 (NLT), we find the disciples with Jesus, in a boat, taking a trip to the other side of the Sea of Galilee . They might have expected this would be one of the most amazing trips they’d ever take, and it was; just not in the way they expected.

As they crossed the Sea, a raging storm came upon them, out of nowhere.
This storm brought these expert fishermen to the very end of themselves. They thought they were going to die. Have you ever been in a situation like that?  One where there seems to be no way out, nothing you can do to save yourself?  That same desperation is what the disciples must have felt that night.  The storm was too big.  We can look at their situation and think, “Didn’t they realize they had Jesus in the boat with them?” Listen, Jesus is in the boat with you too.

The disciples struggle to keep their boat from capsizing.
Finally, as a last ditch effort, turn to Jesus in anger, crying out, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?” As they look to Him, they find Him sleeping on a cushion, in the back of the boat. When we finally turn to Jesus, we too angrily cry out, “Lord, don’t you care?” As we look to Him, we find Him resting. We wonder, “How can He rest at a time like this?”

As the story continues, Jesus awakes and says to the storm, “Peace! Be Still!” and there was instant calming. A word from Jesus was all it took. The disciple’s desperation ceased and they were left in awe and amazement. We shouldn’t criticize ourselves too much for our lack of faith. The Disciples had witnessed the greatest miracles of Jesus, yet they were consumed with fear. Jesus was physically with them, and they waited until the last minute to ask Him for help.  We wonder, “Shouldn’t it have it occurred to them, to ask Him for help, right away?” We should ask ourselves that same question in the desperate situations we face. Why go through all the worry and struggle, when we can just ask Jesus to calm the storm?

We can declare, “It’s just not that easy.  Besides, Jesus was with them, physically.”
If we believe in God’s Word, if we trust completely in what He says, then we must know that He is with us too. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear for I am with you.” Matthew 28:20 says, “I am with you always” So the question is, do you believe He is? When we’re consumed with fear and doubt and the wind and waves are taking us under, we can be assured that Jesus is with us.

We know that we need to trust Jesus, but practically, how do we do that when we’re being tossed about?
Trusting in God means: seeking Him, entering into His rest, and trusting in His Word. Our faith requires action.

  1. Faith seeks God in all things at all times. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus was very specific in telling those who were heavy-laden and overburdened to come to Him. If we’re experiencing fear and doubt, it’s because we’re not trusting God. We can’t trust Him in some things and not in others. There’s no such thing as God being almost sovereign.
    If our situation needs a miracle, then we must realize that God is the only One that can perform that miracle. We must go to Him in prayer, casting all our cares on Him, and trust that He will handle it all, in His way, in His timing, which is always perfect. We must stop “laboring,” and start trusting.
  2. Faith enters into God’s rest. In a violent, life-threatening storm, Jesus was peacefully asleep. In our storms of life, we too, can enter into rest with God. We must stop trying to do what only God can do. Often times, we are to stand still and watch God work (1 Chronicles 20: 15-17). Most of the time He simply wants us to believe (2 Chronicles 16:9).Entering into God’s rest, means continuing to trust Him, even if, our situation does not change. We can’t change our circumstances if the circumstances we are in are God’s will. We must trust that He has promised to work ALL things for good (Jeremiah 29:11). We might not be able to see how the trials and tribulations of our lives can possibly be used for good, but God is sovereign, we are not; His ways are higher and His ways are far better (Isaiah 55:8-9).
  3. Faith trusts God and His Word. You can’t be an unbelieving believer. You either trust God or you don’t. You trust His Word or you don’t. Faith does not walk by sight, because every time you step out in faith, you can rest assured, you are going to be challenged with something that contradicts it. Faith is a choice, not a feeling.It is choice that declares, regardless of the way things appear, “I trust God.” Never forget that God sees your life from beginning to end.  He is all-knowing, all-caring, and all-loving. There is nothing in your life that goes beyond His control. Trust Him to bring about victory in your life. You won’t be disappointed (1 Chronicles 5:20; Psalm 22:5).

If you find your faith and fear colliding, look to Jesus. He has not jumped out of the boat of your life.  Seek God, enter into his rest, trust His Word.  When the storms of life hit you won’t have to dust off your Bible or go searching for a lost prayer.  You’ll know where you faith is.

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26 Responses to “Where is Your Faith?”

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Rose, I truly feel for you in this difficult and painful situation. Two of my family members are divorced and it has been hard on everyone involved. Divorce is simply not good because marriage is a sacred institution that God created so that man and woman can bind together and best reflect His image. So it hard to understand why the Lord allows this trial or lets the pain continue.

    One key to walking through grim times is to cling to the Lord’s presence. When we trust Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes within us and seals us as God’s adopted child. Because of His Spirit, we’re never apart from God and no circumstance, suffering, or loss can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:35, 38-39).

    Yes, Scripture tells us that nothing is impossible for God so we pray for Rose’s marriage., “Abba, Father, Rose has expressed her faith in You to help bring her marriage through this trial and restore it so that it glorifies You. Help her to hear Your voice, feel Your presence and have the strength to trust You daily. Transform her husband’s heart and set him free from selfish choices. We bring this prayer in Jesus’ name and to Your glory and honor, amen.”

  • Rose says:

    Please pray for restoration of my marriage. Divorce case is 99.9 percent complete but I know with God everything is possible in Jesus name.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Faraja,
    Thanks so much for sharing that God has answered your and all of our prayers!! That’s always so encouraging to hear!

  • Faraja Mwasambungu says:

    JAMIE and FARAJA DOMINGUEZ and all members of this group, thanks a lot for your prayers..So suprising..!! Right now I’m celebrating the goodness of almighty God…my prayers have been answered..!! May Lord Jesus bless you all
    Message….”God’s time is the best time”..I pray for those who are passing through hard times and troubles,,.may God visit them now!.. in Jesus name I pray..Amen!

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Frances, you are so right, we do all go through valleys sometimes that are both difficult and challenging. I like what you said about the secret being how tightly did we cling to Jesus during that time! Well said! As someone once said, God doesn’t waste our sorrows, but instead as we cling to God, He will allow us to walk alongside others that are going through the same difficulties and challenges in their lives and share the hope that He has given us.

  • Frances says:

    The slipping away, and climbing back up… We go through Valleys sometimes where it is difficult and we are challenged, and I think the secret (from my experience) to raising higher is how well we made it thought the valley, how tightly did we cling to Jesus during that time of difficulty? And it seems that I remain in the Valley longer when I have fears or doubts. And even though I know this, I can still be caught off guard and it takes me back and I have to catch my breath or regain my balance. I would love it if we can ever get to a point in life where we do not have to go through Valleys anymore, but it just is not possible. The good news is, the deeper the valley, the higher the mountain when you get through it, so although times get harder, and requires more Faith, then it seems we are rewarded when we make it though. (not without some pain) but we always learn, and then we are always able to help others who are in the same valley we were once in.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    good article sometimes I think it going good then sometimes I often wonder where my faith is at. I am having sometimes praying is difficult. I am an intercessor and a burden bearer too so it can be difficult to pray sometimes

  • Hallo faraja. I praise God to see that you still keep faith in God even though you had to experiment such a rough times.
    May God remember you

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks Faraja, it will be good to hear what God is doing in your life. I will keep praying for you.

  • Faraja Mwasambungu says:

    Thanks a lot Jamie…..thank you so much,,, you made me to realize something which i didnt know..i promise you i will trust in Lord waiting for Gods time to come…..i will let you know.

  • Faraja Mwasambungu says:

    Thanks a lot Jamie…..thank you so much,,, you made me to realize something which i didnt know..i promise you i will trust in Lord waiting for Gods time to come…..i will let you know

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Faraja, I am glad to hear that you are trusting in God to provide for you. Let me encourage you to look to the things He has put in your hands to do right now. It may not be paid employment but there are things He has given you to do. Be faithful in those and He will use those to lead you on to the next step.

    Lord God I pray for my brother Faraja. i ask that You would help him to see what You are leading him t do right now and that he would have the courage to follow no matter what that might be. Lord it makes sense that a child of Your’s who is a trained healer should be using those gifts. I don’t know why You have allowed Faraja’s talents to remain dormant right now but I do know that Your plan and timing is perfect. May Faraja have the joy of knowing where You are leading him and to see You use him to minister in other people’s lives. In Jesus name, amen.

  • Faraja Mwasambungu says:

    This article has increased my faith…..as iam in terrible situation now,in getting a job. Iam a medical doctor graduated 2months ago….please my brethren in christ pray together with me…. But i beleave that God will make a way where seems to be no way as says in isiah 55:8-9

  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Pam, I think that it’s a common misconception in the church that, “if only you trust God enough then everything will turn out fine.” But I don’t think that God ever promised us that. In John 16:33 it says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God doesn’t promise that bad things won’t happen, he promises to be with us when the bad things happen.

    It sounds like you have experienced something that went horribly wrong, something that shook you so deeply you doubted that God could be anywhere in it. There’s a video by Dawson McAllister that talks about when bad things happen to good people that you might find interesting. In it he talks about searching for God as his son lay in the hospital and what he discovered in the lonely hours of the night. Faith is always a choice – you choose your action based on whether or not you can trust that the thing will hold. It is not easy, and the worse things get the harder it is, but in my own life I’ve found God to be faithful, even when he didn’t stop the bad things from happening.

  • Pam says:

    Rubbish.

    Trust in his word? Errrr…which part of it? The Bible is a very large book.

    Faith is very much a feeling, not a choice. You either trust someone or you don’t and trust is not something that can be learned in a world as terrible as this.

    Trusting in God is easy when life turns out reasonably ok. For anyone else, it is easier said than done. I used to be one of those people who thought that if only you trust God enough then everything will turn out fine.

    Well it didnt. And now I know better.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    dear mathilda– prayer– father God i do pray protection over mathilda and her husband, i pray a healing over him by your stripes God this man is healed you are the great physician be with their finances bless them beyond their belief what they can imagine or think of, nothing is imposible with you God i pray all of this in JESUS name amen i am praying for you both love sharon

  • Thanks Cherie. Thats exactly what I need right now(Faith and Trust).My husband is having stage 3,pancreatic cancer and he is in a bad state, our finances are not going well because I had to stop working to take care of him, his family is not supporting me at all but they blame me for causing the cancer through witchcraft and threatening me with death. But I will not be move or get shaken by all these because I know that my God is greater than the current situation and He has already won the battle for me. I am safely resting under the shadow of his wings. Please also intercede for me.

  • Kate Kate says:

    Lord, we thank You so much that You are the God who saves us. We are so grateful that Your grip on us is stronger than ours is on You, so even when our faith is small and shrinking, we can know for sure that You are holding us tight. Thank You that in Your word You promise that though floods should rise, we will not be drowned. Thank You for Your promise to use every circumstance, especially the ones that are terribly painful, to sanctify us and draw us into closer relationship with You. Dear Lord Jesus, we bless Your name and praise You!

  • Zipporah says:

    Really, at times we feel like Jesus is asleep and our boats are just about to capsize, but thanks to the Holy spirit who keeps us awake and reminds us about the great Love of God.
    He will always be there for us.
    Lets always take it to the Lord in prayer!

  • Toyz says:

    so inspiring!!!..Amen..God is good..i am keeping the faith!

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    So glad you found this article too Fran!And thanks for taking the time to post…we always appreciate feedback from our readers. Blessings to you!

  • Fran says:

    I was led to meditate on ‘Where is your faith” and decided to research. Thank you for this insightful article. God bless.

  • Angyl says:

    Thank God for the words He gave you. It is very informative and helpful. At times we tend to get anxious especially if God has given us His word and we don’t see any changes in our current situation. Actually sometimes it seems as if things are getting worse. But I pray that we truly learn to trust God and believe in His words. God Bless you.

  • anna says:

    I have experience on where total faith can take you, last year all odds were against me succeeding in my job, despite the strength of the opposition, i entered into his rest and put all my hopes in Christs promise in john14:12 and again in mathew 7:7-8, this year my life is a testimony of the faith that moves mountains.

  • Dr.sanjeev says:

    Nice article.
    what does it mean to say “Enter into His rest”?

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