Having Faith During Life’s Troubles
By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | October 16, 2017
What is faith? Faith is commonly defined in the dictionary as having complete trust or confidence in another or in something. The definition when we consider what is faith in reference to God it is essentially unchanged; it is having trust, assurance, and confidence in God. Are you living in faith; are you living in complete trust, assurance, and confidence in God in you daily life?
I am reminded of a story a friend told me some time ago. He told me about a dream he had recently that reemphasized to him that Jesus was with him always, in good times and bad. During this time in his life he was going through some difficult and stress filled times. His dream really drove home to him the power and effect having faith and in humbling one’s self before Jesus; reaching out to Him in difficult times.
The following is my friend’s account of his dream experience:
In my dream I was walking along the ocean’s shore line. The skies were gray and over cast. It was quiet except for the sounds of crashing waves upon the shores. As I am walking along the shore, there were small waves coming up the shoreline, barely up to where I was walking. As I walked, though I couldn’t see anyone by me, I felt the strong presence of another near me, I felt and acknowledged that presence to be Jesus. As we walked I could see a very large wave building in the distance off the shore. Jesus asked me “do you not see that large wave heading this way?” I said to Him that I did, and we continued to walk, all the while ignoring the approaching large wave. Soon this large wave came crashing to the shore, and swept me away inside of it. I fought the currents, and tried desperately to get free of the powerful wave as I was tossed about, but I was unable to get free. In fear and desperation, I cried out to Jesus to help me, and immediately the waters were calmed and I was free of the wave that had enveloped me. Back on the shore, as I got back up on my feet, Jesus again spoke and said to me, “why do you wait until you are overwhelmed before you ask me for help, but instead when you see approaching trouble, should you not reach out to me and share your difficulties before they sweep you away, for I am always with you.”
I think it’s more than clear the lessons to be learned here. If you humble yourself and belong to Him, and walk in faith with the Lord, He will always be there to hear you and protect you when you call out to Him for help; you just need to call out to Him.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).
The dream my friend had is not unlike, but instead is very similar to chapter and verse in the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark, and the Gospel of Luke where Jesus and His disciples had gone out to sea in a fishing boat and their faith came into question. During the time they were out at sea, a storm came upon them and tossed the boat about in the stormy seas, all the while Jesus slept. In fear they awoke Him asking for them to be saved from the stormy seas. Jesus calmed the seas, and admonished His disciples for having little faith. They had let go of their faith in Him, even if only for a moment. But once they restored their faith and asked Him for help, the stormy seas abated.
Matthew 8:23-27 – “(23) When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. (24) Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was engulfed by the waves; but Jesus was sleeping. (25) The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (26) “You of little faith,” Jesus replied, “why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was perfectly calm. (27) The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
Mark 4:35-41 – “(35) On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” (36) And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. (37) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. (38) But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (39) And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (40) He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (41) And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Luke 8:22-25 – “(22) One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, (23) and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. (24) And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. (25) He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Have faith in Jesus Christ, trust in Him completely. For in your walk of faith with Him, He shall always be with you to lessen your burden, to guide and protect you, to comfort you in sickness, and in difficult times.
“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom” (Isaiah 40:11)
Lord may my heart forever be filled with complete and never-ending faith in you; for like the shepherd, you are with me in my daily walk, now and forever. You lessen my burden when I am overwhelmed with the stormy sea filled of life’s problems. You give me hope and direction when I feel I can’t go on and don’t know where to turn. For it is in my complete faith I humble myself and reach out to you, and you take away my burdens, giving me comfort, hope, and direction.
In Jesus’ name we pray