”And he said to them, Why are you fearful, why so little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” – Matt 8
What did Jesus usually say to His disciples when He corrected them? He usually said, “Oh you of little faith.” It wasn’t their sins or works, it was their faith that He was so upset about. What was Jesus was saying is, “I am so full of supply, why do you take so little from Me?”
Our problem with faith, like Jesus’ disciples, is that we take too little from the Lord. We think He’s waiting for us to do something instead of relying on Him to make things right.
What’s so cool is that even Jesus’ rebukes of His disciples are full of love and encouragement! Notice He didn’t say, “Oh you of little fasting,” or “Oh you of little prayer.” He said, “Oh you of little faith.” He was telling them, “Take from Me, take more from My supply. Ask me!” Oh, what a beautiful Savior we have!
So, our faith is small when we take only a little from God. The key is that when we take little from Him we must be taking from somewhere else. This means that our faith is in someone or something else and God is just a “standby” or “last resort”. That should not be the case. God should always come first. Man will fail and disappoint you, as will politicians or outside sources, but God will never!
Typically, most of us are not good receivers. When you give someone a gift, you often hear them say, “Oh no, you shouldn’t have. I don’t deserve this.” We all need to ask God to make us better receivers, to enlarge our capacities to receive not based on how deserving we think we are, but based solely on His grace to supply and give. You never know what He’ll want you to do with the abundance you receive!