Little Faith.


"What we call "faith" these days is, in fact, what Jesus referred to as oligopistos, or "little faith."  It is not that we don't have confidence in our God to save us from hell; we just don't have confidence in Him to do everything else that He promised to do while we are still on earth."

Ouch.  Let's be honest, friends, don't we all struggle with "little faith" from time to time (or more often that we even care to admit)?  I know that I do.  How true it is that we so believe God will save us from hell, yet it is the little things, the scary things, or the things that require a miracle that we have a hard time believing?  Why?  Why do we suffer from such little faith?

We aren't the only ones with small faith, either.  In Matthew 14:31, Jesus says to Peter when walking on water, "You of little faith...why did you doubt?"  And then in Matthew 17:20, to the disciples He says, "Because you have so little faith.  Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you."

As small as a mustard seed.  A mustard seed.  Friends, this means that to be guilty of having "little faith" means that our faith is truly minuscule - which actually means "so small as to be negligible or insignificant."  If we find ourselves unable to trust and believe that God will fulfill His promises, our faith is far too small... to the point that it could be considered insufficient and insignificant.

But there are examples in Scripture of those whose faith was not little.  One is in Matthew 15:28, where we meet someone whose faith means everything, for she believes that God can do all that He promises - and then some.  When this woman approaches and cries out to Jesus, in faith that He could do anything, He says to her, ""Woman, you have great faith.  Your request is granted."  And her daughter was healed from that very hour."

Or what about the woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9:20, who believes that if she merely touches the edge of Jesus' cloak she will be healed.  To this woman, Jesus says, "Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you."  And the woman was healed from that moment."

Faith is believing in what we cannot see.  Faith is trusting that He who has promised to come through will deliver.  Faith is clinging to our God who can do anything and everything.

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Why are we often guilty of having "little faith"?   How can we best combat it?  What does it look like to have "faith as a mustard seed"?

 
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