And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
That phrase has lately come to mind; O ye of little faith. Unfortunately, I believe that phrase describes believers, and the church as a whole. We pray for something really hard, something really big, and that would impact a lot of people in a good way, but do we really have the faith that it will happen?
Faith is such a simple word, we hear it often; I think too often. We are always told to have faith, to be faithful. It is used as a name, it is used in sermons, and it is what we call a geyser in Yellowstone National Park. It is well used. So much so, that we have become numb to it and its meaning. When we think of faith, we now think of the word. “Oh yes, faith F-A-I-T-H. I learned to spell it years ago. My cousin’s third uncle had a bird named Faith. Or was that Wraith? I can’t seem to remember now…”
The interesting thing about faith is that there are many forms of it. It is both common and uncommon and it is both easy to have, and hard to have. It comes in all sorts of degrees. Now this is probably confusing to you, so let me explain.
Common faith is faith we often don’t realize we have. I have the common faith that when I wake up in the morning, I will still be on my bed, covered in warm blankets. This might not always be the case, but I still have faith in it. That faith is everywhere, and is easy to have.
Uncommon faith is a whole other story. It is the faith that God will meet our needs, that he is in control, that my brother will let me watch Food Network when we get to the hotel room. This faith is much harder to find, and even harder to obtain, especially when your brother doesn’t like Food Network as much as you do.
Why is it that we can’t easily have this faith? Why can’t we trust God fully? He has brought us safe this far, and that is saying a lot.
I suppose, in the end, that it is a heart issue. Faith, like patience, is something that you have to learn, practice, and pray for, but be careful, knowing what it is like to pray for patience, expect an answer from God if you pray for faith. I am not liable for anything that comes of it.
O ye of little faith;” Chastening words that would sting if directed to you. Let us work hard, so that those words are never spoken to us.