“Where is your faith?” Luke 8:25 (NIV)
Maybe you have a question you’d like to ask God. The Gospels are full of questions that people asked Jesus: What must I do to have eternal life (Luke 18:18)? How can I be born again (John 3:4)? Who is my neighbor (Luke 10:29)? What is the greatest command (Matt. 22:36)?
But Jesus has a question for us. The disciples were rowing their boat across a lake, when a storm blew up. Meanwhile, Jesus had fallen asleep in the back of the boat, and the disciples panicked.
When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and the water, and He stilled the storm. Then He asked the disciples this question: “Where is your faith?”
When Jesus asks a question, it is not because He doesn’t know the answer. When Jesus asks a question, He is reaching out to build a relationship, so try and hear this question as if Jesus were asking it to you directly.
It must have been wonderful for the disciples to be able to talk directly with Jesus—to share a lunch, catch a smile, and look into His eyes. But there must also have been moments when the directness of their experience felt uncomfortable, and this was one of those occasions.
Picture yourself having breakfast with Jesus at a local restaurant. You are sitting there in the booth, and Jesus is sitting on the other side of the table.
You seize the opportunity to tell Him everything on your mind. You talk about your worries for your children and your struggles at work. You lament the declining standards in our country, how the tide of culture pulls so strongly against living an authentic Christian life. You vent your fears about the future.
Jesus listens patiently, puts down His fork, looks right into your eyes and says, “Where is your faith?”
How do you respond to Jesus’ question?