“And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58)
I mean no offense to the Lord our God here, but it is a little easier when you know where you came from and where you are going. To say, “Where is your faith,” or “O ye of little faith” is natural when you are the Almighty, when by your words all the heavens and the earth were created, when you know the most intricate details of every thought that mankind has ever had. When you have the power to command Satan to get behind you, and he does.
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2nd Cor. 5:7)
There is a difference between those of us who have been born-again and the Lord Jesus Christ, He did not possess faith in the way we are to, He had while He walked amongst us the unmitigated knowledge of truth, He did not just come from heaven, He created it, He did not just possess faith that God exists, He is God. It is, in a sense, like casting someone into the ocean and telling them to swim when they have never been in water above their head.
In the truth that has set us free there will always remain a shadow of doubt, as long as we are in this body on this earth doubts will arise, and when doubts arise, fear is not far behind. “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39)
Our Lord and Savior did not fear the physical pain of the cross, He feared, if we can even call it by that name, being separated from the Father, from becoming sin and the Living God turning His back on Him. He knew that He was going to return to the Father, He knew He was going to sit on the throne of eternity, that all His enemies would become His footstool, that His Kingdom would be without end.
One who has done something that you have not done must be trusted implicitly, without question if we are to believe them, our entire trust in them must be offered without doubts of any kind. Jesus said He came from heaven and that He was returning there, He said He is God. “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) He said He was going to prepare a place for us, that He would return to meet us in the clouds to take to where He is, that we will know pleasures forevermore, of an eternity in His presence, of safety from the second death.
Our faith in His promise’s rests in our faith in Him.
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:31) Peter looked around at the storm, he took his eyes off the Lord, doubts arose, and He began to sink. That hand that reached out to him is ready to reach out to you every time doubts arise, and they will come my friends.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13)
The first thing you must do is trust Him, your faith will waver when disadvantageous circumstances enter into your life, when the storm is above your house, when the flesh seems overpowering, when Satan is allowed to buffet you. Those doubts will arise. Peter feared to drown, then went out and wept bitterly.
We must have faith in Him who is where we are going, we must trust that everything He said is true, but we must also reach up for that hand when the doubts come upon us, when we begin to sink.
One day every doubt will be removed. Live in that truth.