"Where is your faith?"

On that momentous occasion, recorded in the eighth chapter of Luke, when the tempest arose on the Sea of Galilee and the disciples, overcome by fear, appealed to Jesus for help, the Master's first words to them were, "Where is your faith?"

They had been going about with their beloved Master witnessing the destruction of sin and disease through the power of Truth; indeed, they had seen "the last enemy" overcome, and the son of the widow of Nain restored to his mother. They must then have felt that they could never again doubt the power of God; and yet, when error assumed another phase, in the raging sea, they forgot the proofs they had seen of God's omnipotence and omnipresence, and were filled with fear.

Jesus struck at the root of their fear when he asked, "Where is your faith?" It is very evident that they had more faith in the seeming power of the material elements to destroy than they had in the power of God to protect; more faith in the false claim of physical law than in the operation of spiritual law; more faith in the false belief that man is material, therefore mortal, than in the fact that man is spiritual and indestructible. Jesus' question must have roused them to a realization of the erroneous nature of their thinking, and healed their fear by turning their mental gaze from matter to Spirit, from sense to Soul; for fear loses its foothold in human consciousness in proportion to the overcoming of belief in the reality of matter.

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Day by Day
February 2, 1929

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