2017-06-10 - The Good Samaritan
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
Jesus' disciples had been with him for at least a year, and had seen Jesus perform many miracles including healing the sick and raising the dead. These twelve men had heard his message, and had been sent out to spread it themselves. The disciples had dropped everything to follow Jesus. Yet they were asking Jesus to increase their faith.
Today we have the Bible, which contains not only the accounts of Jesus' time on Earth, but which contains the story of God's love for his creation throughout history. We have the story of Abraham and his journey to a new land because of his faith. We learn of Moses, and the faith he exhibited by leading the nation of Israel to the promised land. There are many more Biblical accounts of people living by faith. We also have examples in our own lives of individuals who live their lives by faith.
No matter where we are in our Christian walk, like the disciples, we can find ourselves asking God for more faith. When we encounter difficulties, trials, and temptations, we can approach God for help, and can ask Him to strengthen our faith. He is eager to do it. We just need to ask.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted