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“Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22
Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly, but faith is the foot that carries the soul. Faith is the oil that enables the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well. Without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of God. If you would find the men who serve God the best, you must look for the men of the most faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God. Bunyan’s Little-faith could not have fought Apollyon; it needed Christian to do that. Poor Little-faith could not have slain Giant Despair; it required Great-heart’s arm to knock that monster down. Little-faith will go to heaven most certainly, but it often has to hide itself in a nutshell, and it frequently loses all but its jewels. Little-faith says, “It is a rough road, beset with sharp thorns, and full of dangers; I am afraid to go”; but Great-faith remembers the promise, “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deut 33:25), and so she boldly ventures. Despondent, Little-faith mingles her tears with the flood; but Great-faith sings, “When thou passest though the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee” (Isa 43:2), and she fords the stream at once. Do you want to be comfortable and happy? Do you enjoy religion? Do you want to have the religion of cheerfulness and not that of gloom? Then “have faith in God”. If you love darkness and are satisfied to dwell in gloom and misery, then be content with little faith; but if you love the sunshine and would sing songs of rejoicing, covet earnestly this best gift: great faith.