THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
(Thanks to my friend, Bro. Pat Lofton, for this one.)
Two men were fishing.
One kept throwing back the larger fish, and saving the small ones.
The other fisherman asked, “Why are you saving the small ones and throwing back the large ones?”
The first fisherman said, “Well, I have a small frying pan.”
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?
Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Sometimes, we Christians deprive ourselves of blessings because we have a small “frying pan” of faith.
I remember standing on the front porch of our house in the country when I was about 5 years old.
Dad was on the ground, and said, "Jump, son. I'll catch you." I said, "But, Dad..."
He assured me by saying, "Just JUMP, I WILL catch you."
I did, and he did.
It is a leap of faith to surrender to Jesus that which seems impossible!
But He assures us by saying, "IF thou canst BELIEVE!" (Mark 9:23)
How often must we cry out with the man of Mark 9:24, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!”?
Jesus had said to this man, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)
The word “believe” in both verses means: cling to, trust, commit.
When we face difficult times (stressful times) in our lives, do we FULLY cling to Christ?
If not, we should call upon Jesus to FULFILL our lack of clinging!
Take note, in our text above (Matt. 8:26), Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for NOT HAVING faith.
His rebuke was for having “little” faith!
Their “frying pans” were SMALL!
When you find yourself in “unbelief,” ask Christ to INCREASE it!