It was a sweet providence that I then happened upon these words from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, in Morning by Morning, as he comments on this verse.
Faith gives feet to the soul, enabling it to march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but it is faith that carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of practical holiness to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag ourselves along.
With faith I can do all things; without faith I will be missing both the inclination and the power to do anything in the service of God. If you want to find the men who serve God best, you must look for men of faith.
Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God.
Poor Little-faith could not have slain “Giant Despair” [Spurgeon refers to characters from Pilgrim’s Progress here]; 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, “Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be”; and so she boldly ventures.
Little-faith stands despondently, mingling her tears with the flood; but Great-faith sings, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you,” and she crosses the stream at once.
Do you want to be comfortable and happy? To enjoy the journey do you desire cheerfulness rather than 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.