Faith (Mark 4:35-41)

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[This devotion is the fourth in a 5-part series entitled “Gospel in Action”.]

Faith. In our day and age, this term seems to be used in any number of ways with any number of definitions attached to it. Some say it is just taking a blind leap into the dark when everything is going against it. This, however, is not quite the biblical definition of this word. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen.” It is better to think of faith in terms of trust. To have faith in something is to have trust in it. It is, then, at this point we can look at the gospel in action as it relates to faith. The first question that needs to be posed here is “Faith in what?” After all, Jesus asked His disciples, “Have you still no faith?” (4:40). See, we may be overwhelmed with all the sickness and the poverty we see in places like Haiti or even here in America, but we need to have faith and understand He is in control. See, we need to have faith in the kingdom of God. Leading up to this scene of the storm, Jesus had spoken of the kingdom of God being like a mustard seed, small, but it will grow (4:30-34). It is after this teaching Jesus explains to the disciples the parable, that they are the kingdom of God. Although they are small now, the kingdom of God will grow. Then the storm comes. The kingdom of God is threatened. What happens if they don’t survive? Will the kingdom of God stand? We see the answer in that Jesus calms the storm. Jesus is showing them that they need to have faith that His words are true and the kingdom of God will grow. They need to have faith in the kingdom of God. He will bear fruit for His glory. Let us remember that when we are going out and sharing the gospel. Let us place our faith in that!

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you see people in our day using the term faith? How do you use it?
  • What have the people of our day placed their faith in? What are we placing our faith in and how does it affect our lives?
  • How does this passage and scene give us confidence in God? How does this affect how we share the gospel and teach the gospel?
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