It is never easy for me to stay faithful to God. Especially when I have nothing to boast about in my life. When I think of my life, my faith often wavers and when it does, my secret is to just look to Jesus. Matthew shows a beautiful comparison of our human faith and Jesus’ faith for Abba (Daddy God in Hebrew).
Matthew 8:25-26 “‘Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”
Matthew 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? And they got into the boat, the wind ceased”
Matthew 16:7-11 “And they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘It is because we have taken no bread.’ But Jesus being aware of it, said to them, ‘O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?’ Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.'”
I took these three comparisons because in each verses, have great meaning for me. I am sure you are familiar with all these verses. It is in our mind but yet sometimes we overlook these stories that has great meaning in it. All the verses shows a similarity in showing us how weak our faith is compared to Christ and the verses to me also shows me different situation we are in and how despite our lack of faith, He never fails to save us.
Lets look at each of them. Matthew 8:25-26 tells me that when we are shouting for help in the midst of our trouble to the point that at times you just want to be gone from this world (the sentence ‘Lord save us, we are perishing’ beautifully explains this), Jesus reminds us not to be afraid for as long as He is with us, He will turn our bad circumstances into good as long as we leave it to Him.
In Matthew 14:30-31, it tells me that when our problems get so complicated and hard to solve and all we can do is cry to God (The sentence ‘when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ explains this well. Remember, crying to God when you do not know what to say, it is a form of prayer too) Look what Jesus did, He immediately stretched out His hand and caught peter. The key word here is immediately. It proves to me that Jesus NEVER EVER leave my side.
Among all three situations, Matthew 16:7-11 is the kind of situation that impact me the most. The bread in the verse, to me is like referring to the things in our daily life. It can be as simple as deciding what to wear and what to eat, or do we even have enough money to survive for the day. As for me, at times, I do worry whether I have enough money to survive for the month. As you know I am not working and the living expenses in Singapore can be considered one of the highest. But in actual fact, Jesus is always there trying to warn me that it is not about the worldly desire that I should really be worry of. He wants me to beware of something much more important than that “worldly worries” and that is the wrong teachings I might fall into if I am not careful. Jesus clearly had shown His miracle work regarding the blessings of the five loaves to five thousand people, and honestly, when I was really tight and had to cut down on my food intake, I have friends who automatically just treat me with no reason or sometimes when my aunty came over to Singapore, she would give me a little pocket money. And all these usually quite well taken place during the times I was on a tight budget for the month. So, the wrong teachings that Jesus is referring to is actually, He did not want me to think of “I have to work hard using my own effort” to supply my needs. Because the wrong teaching which is “the law” usually exhorts alot on own efforts like “I have to do good to get good”. So, this verse really shows me how much grace can supply my every needs not only financially wise, but I am sure grace will supply my EVERY areas of my life.
So, Beloved, do not worry if you have little faith. Precisely because Jesus knows that because our body is in this world, He knows that our faith will wavers. Even from the above verses when we look at the disciples who had witnessed with their eyes the wonders and miracles Jesus did and knowing that Jesus is always physically by their side, their faith also wavers. So it is no surprise that we of this generations will have little faith as well. But good news to us though! Jesus may not physically be with us as the Son of Man but He is living in us as the Son of God to those who has accepted Christ as their savior.
Matthew 10:38-39 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
This means as long as you have accepted Christ as your savior, you can easily look to Jesus for help for He is in you, living your life for you.
Before I end this post, I want to show you a verse I find that really encourages me regarding my little faith in God.
Revelation 3:17 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name.”
Beautiful, ain’t it. God knows that our faith for him is no good. But despite our little faith, God still gives us all access to His Kingdom full of His blessings in every areas of our lives that no one can ever take away from us just because we have kept His word and accepted Christ in our life. Now, when God sees us, all He sees is Jesus’ perfect faith in us. God is indeed faithful, my friend. And He loves you, always. Have a blessed day and good night (: