When Jesus rebuked the disciples in Matthew 8 for having "little faith," Jesus wasn't talking about saving faith but rather daily living faith (see Matthew 8:23-27). Our saving faith remains constant, but our daily living faith rises and falls according to the strength of our relationship with God. When we are not in constant intimacy with God, the first storm that hits will create fear and panic. When we give God the crumbs of our time and attention, our faith and understanding in Him will weaken.
How often do we trust God with our eternal souls yet not our daily needs?
Fear-conquering faith requires an absolute trust in God. It is the kind of faith that has an open heart to whatever God provides for us. It is a faith that is manifested as an utter dependence on the sovereignty of God. When we live by faith, we can trust that God is working out His purposes for us—even when the storm is at its worst.
How often do we trust God with our eternal souls yet not our daily needs? When Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith, He was referring to their failure to trust Him in this practical situation. God wants us to trust Him not only with our salvation but also with our relationships, our resources, and our futures. He wants to see our professed faith in action. He wants us to put our complete trust in Him for every detail of our lives.
When we walk close with God and trust Him daily, our faith will conquer our fears. When we put our focus on God, fear will fade into the background. At the first sign of fear, our plan of action should be to seek God in prayer.
Prayer: God, I trust You with my salvation, but sometimes I struggle with trusting You with the details of my life. Strengthen my daily living faith so that my trust in You is greater than my fears. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:30-31).