Luke 8:24-25, NIV: The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

From time to time, Jesus asked His disciples, perhaps with a tone of gentle rebuke, “Where is your faith?” These disciples were they that “left everything” to follow Jesus (Mt. 27). These were they of whom most would eventually be martyred for their faith. And yet these were the ones Jesus asked, “Where is your faith?” But who could really blame them. In a small boat in the midst of a great storm, all indications and all reason spoke loudly of their certain demise. For such are the storms that capsize ships and claim the lives of many. Yet the message was to them as it is to us today—take your eyes off that which troubles you, and fix your eyes on Jesus the One who holds you; on Jesus, the one who keeps you; on Jesus, the One rebukes the storms and brings His children peace even in the midst of storms. Such storms can be frightening and even paralyzing. But keeping our eyes on the storms can keep us from seeing God’s way of deliverance. And thinking about the storms that have not yet come, can keep us locked in place; preventing us from moving forward in faith and obedience to Jesus. Is there something you feel God wants you to do but you are worried about the consequences? Will it mean moving, financial uncertainty, or facing a difficult challenge? Well then; abandon all reason Abraham (Gen. 12:1-9) —get out of the boat Peter (Mt. 14:22-33). The Lord will be with you; He will not let you sink and perish. There are sure to be days you are likely to hear Jesus gentle rebuke, “Where is your faith.” But today could be different. Today you can find the strength to take your eyes off of the storms; to fix your eyes on Christ Jesus; and follow Him in truly freeing faith.