TDR: 23 March (Luke 8:23)

‘Where is your faith?’ (Luke 8:23)

The disciples were in a storm, surrounded by danger and filled with fear; they apply to Jesus – this was correct. They doubt His care, they question His love, and cry “we are going to drown” – this was wrong. Jesus demands, “WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?”

May He not put the same question to us? We have His word, but do we heartily believe it? We speak of His love, but do we confidently trust it? We read of His care, but do we see our safety in it?

We often seem to believe any one sooner than Jesus; to trust any word more than His word; and therefore we are cast down, fearful and distressed. Today, let us endeavour to fix our faith steadily upon His precious word; let us believe in His particular providence; let us commune with Him as our firm and faithful friend. He says, “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me”.

He is worthy of credit, He cannot deceive; He deserves our confidence, He will not neglect; He encourages our hope, and promises “If you ask anything of the Father in My name, I will do it”. Do you believe this? Do you believe it when you pray?


Oh, how wavering is my mind,
Toss’d about with every wind,
Oh, how quickly doth my heart
From the living God depart.
O my God, thy grace impart,
To fix and bind my wandering heart.


THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘O to give greater proof than ever, by my disposition, in my preaching, and by the whole of my conduct, that I am a devoted, decided, follower of the Lamb. Enable me to watch for souls, to win souls for Christ, and may a multitude be given me for my hire, by my good and gracious God. Amen.’