Yesterday we talked about a woman Jesus identified as having “great faith”. Thinking about her made me start thinking about other people whose stories are told in the Bible who we don’t associate with great faith.
I searched for “little faith” at Biblegateway.com. I was looking for Peter. What I found is that Jesus used that phrase five times in Matthew to identify people. As I looked through the references, I smiled.
Maybe you will too.
- Early in his teaching time Jesus was talking to his followers who worry and called them “little faith” (Matthew 6).
- Shortly after that, the disciples and Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee. A storm came up. They woke Jesus up from his nap. Right before making everything be quiet, he called the disciples “little faith.”
- When Peter walked on the water and then sank, Jesus caught him and called him “little faith.”
- Again on the lake, Jesus warned the disciples about the religious leaders, talking about the “yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” The disciples missed the point and thought he was talking bread. Jesus reminded them of all the times he took care of food and called them “little faith.”
- Still later, some of the disciples had tried an exorcism. It didn’t work. Jesus came and took care of the child. When the disciples asked why they couldn’t do it, Jesus called them “little faith.”
The people closest to Jesus were the ones we think should have had great faith. Instead, they were the ones who believed but had questions, who panicked, who worried. And who stuck around anyway. Don’t let your questions make you think Jesus doesn’t care about you. It could be that we are closer than we think. Since asking questions and crying out goes way back among disciples.
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