In Matthew 8, the disciples become afraid when the boat they were in was tossed about in a dangerous storm. When they sought help from Jesus, He said to them “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
When you are in the midst of difficult circumstances, you may identify well with these men of “little faith.” Knowing that this is not how God would have us to endure the storms of life, we ask ourselves “How can I increase my faith?”
In Luke 17:5, the apostles spoke to Jesus and said “Increase our faith!” What was Jesus’ response? He told them “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
The Lord told them that it was not the size of their faith but the power of God that matters most.
So, if you feel that your faith is small, take comfort in our Lord’s reminder that small faith in a great God is sufficient. That being said, it is not inappropriate to continually seek to strengthen our faith in Christ.
But how can we do this? We must begin by understanding what faith is.
CH Spurgeon defined faith by saying that it is made up of three things: Knowledge, belief, and trust.
We know that ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God’ (Romans 10:17), and if you are to increase in your knowledge you must be reading your Bible regularly. As you read, pray that the Spirit would help you to understand your study of Scripture.