A windstorm swept down on the lake and the boat was filling with water and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:23b-25a)
How often do we want to believe, but we are not sure we have enough faith. Or any faith, truth be told. How much faith is enough? One of my favorite bumper stickers reads, “God can’t steer a parked car.” Inherent in those few words, is the reminder that we must keep moving, putting one foot in front of the other, doing the next right thing, and God will be faithful to guide us. But it is difficult for God’s glory to shine if we isolate ourselves behind closed doors, refuse to budge, and expect the world to come to us.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor (1906-1945). He died a martyr in World War II, for his part in the Canaris plot against Hitler. He was a prolific, articulate, and inspired writer before he was executed in a concentration camp. His life and his words inspired thousands. He wrote,
“I believe that God will give us all the strength we need to help us resist in all times of distress. But he never gives it in advance, lest we should rely on ourselves and not on him alone.”
Faith, by definition, means we aren’t certain, we don’t know, about someone or something. If we did it would be certainty, not faith. But, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
Faith seems to be easier for some people than for others. There is even research being done looking for a “faith gene” – the idea that some of us are wired to turn to God, while others are not. I’m not sure how that research is progressing. We are told that faith is a gift. And surely we can pray for God to grant us, or those we care about, the gift of faith. I imagine such a request pleases God.
Eric Burtness wrote two questions to ponder and a prayer for today:
* Think about a difficult situation in your life that had a positive outcome. * What or who pulled you through that difficult time? * What or who do you rely on most? * Where do you put your faith?
God of power and might, calm my storms, calm my mind, and calm my spirit. Let me find rest in you. Ease my anxiety, and let me simply “be.” Let me rest peacefully in your arms. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.