Thought for the Day – Friday 17th July

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He 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.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8 : 26 – 27

How often has someone said to you: “Oh ye of little faith” as the King James version puts verse 26? This parable about Jesus calming the storm reminded me that this week is the sixth anniversary of my once in a life time trip to St Kilda, the remotest group of islands in the UK, 57 miles west of Leverburgh on Harris. The boat trip out to this ancient archipelago (and in exploring the main island of Hirta) was an unforgettable experience, calm and sunny with clear blue skies. However, the next day we returned to the mainland in torrential rain, poor visibility and through some serious gale force winds!

The difference a day makes in a typical Scottish summer.

Jesus’s challenge to the disciples on the day he calmed the storm proves that even his first followers were afraid and showed little faith at times. But they had the advantage over us of seeing at first hand the powers that Jesus had when he ordered the winds and the waves to be calm. Instead, we have to rely on these great stories from the bible to calm us when we feel afraid and lacking in our faith in God.

Two words can help us to turn our weak faith into a strong faith: trust and confidence. Growing in faith is not like storing money away in the bank to be cashed in at a later date. Instead, it’s a constant process of daily renewing our trust and confidence in God especially during the storms that life throws at us at times.

Prayer: Father God, we thank you for the personal gift of faith that you have given each of us. We thank you that you are there for us calming us in the storms of life. Help us, we pray, to trust in that faith and to have more confidence in you our Heavenly Father, Amen.

Action: Think of a time when you felt afraid in a tricky situation. How did you feel? Was God in your thoughts as you tried to recover from the situation? If you did, thank God for personally giving you faith in Him.