Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Mathew 14:22-33
Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, "You of little faith, why did you  doubt?" (Mathew 14: 31)
 The disciples witnessed numerous miracles that Jesus performed during their life with Jesus. Just after seeing the miracle of feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, Peter stumbled over the water while walking with Jesus and cried for help. It is at this time, Jesus held his hand and said, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" Often times the situation is not different in our case. We have experienced numerous blessings from God in our lifetime, but do not have the faith to continue when facing crisis situations.
There is a story about a newly wedded couple who were on their honeymoon trip. They were crossing a sea in a small boat. Suddenly the sea became very violent and the boat was about to sink. Everybody started to panic and pray to their own gods. The wife became so afraid and believed that their life is going to come to an end, but the husband was very relaxed and was watching his favorite show. The wife got so angry and asked him, "Are you not seeing what is happening? We are all going to die within minutes." The man continued to remain silent. Later he grabbed a sharp knife and placed on his wife's throat, very close and it appeared that he was going to cut her throat. He then asked her, "Are you afraid?"
She started laughing and said, "Why should I be afraid? After all, the knife is in your hands." Often times, we lose our faith when we face crisis situations in our
"Faith is the substance of things not seen." By faith, Noah built the Ark, Abraham travelled to a land that was not seen and Moses obeyed God who was invisible. This is the "little faith" that Jesus is emphasizing while Peter stumbled on the water while walking with Jesus.
Faith is the backbone of Christian life. This is the uniqueness of Christianity that we maintain a faith based life. We are following a God, whom we have never seen in our entire life. Neither our forefathers had seen God directly. It is the faith that we gained through our experiences that maintains our Christian life. Constant prayer is the key factor in maintaining the faith in God.
Lord we face several situations where our faith is compromised. Give us the strength and courage so that we will be empowered to maintain our faith to lead a model Christian life, while facing numerous challenges and situations in life. Amen.
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and does the impossible.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church