“And He said unto them, ‘Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?’” Mark 4:40.
Afraid they were going to drown, the disciples woke Jesus who was sleeping in the bow of the boat. They couldn’t believe that He could sleep during this dangerous storm when all their lives were at stake. You can’t really blame them for their reaction.
“…and they awake Him, and say unto Him, ‘Master, carest Thou not that we perish?’” Mark 4:38.
When we are scared, the first thing we do is question whether God cares or not. We don’t question Him when we read that He changed water into wine, or brought Lazarus back to life. Yet we doubt Him when it comes to us personally. The disciples woke Him up and asked if He cared about them. Let me ask you this: Would you want to die with Christ in your boat or with Him out of the boat?
We humans don’t like the storms. We do love to hear missionaries share about their harrowing experiences working in other countries, but we don’t want them to suggest our children or grandchildren become missionaries, travel thousands of miles away to live in dangerous surroundings for the sake of the Gospel. If He cares for me and my family, why would God call MY son or daughter to risk their lives in some faraway land? Really? Do you want God in your boat (life) by doing His will or do you want Him out of the boat so you can do things your way, the safe way?
When we question whether He cares for us or not, we are questioning His character. We love our children; God loves His children too. When we are afraid, we forget God’s consistent faithfulness and we begin to look for something or someone we can control. Fear enters in when we realize that we have lost control over our circumstances. We feel in control when we criticize or blame others for our troubles. But we can also have some control when we choose to be thankful and praise God in the midst of the storm. Unfortunately, we often move toward negative control. The more fearful we are the more desperate to control circumstances we become. We can’t control God so we are determined to control our circumstances.
Please understand. Faith does not eliminate fear; it only silences it! Faith robs fear of its stranglehold and brings us closer to God.
“Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still” Psalm 107:28-29.
Our faith is strengthened in the midst of a storm. When God says in the Bible, “Do not fear”, He is not mocking us. He is actually saying, “Trust Me! I won’t let you down.” It is in the midst of the storm that we learn things about God we would never learn by standing on the shore. There will be times in our lives when we wonder how in the world we ended up in such a mess. Be confident that when God is in the mess, you will see His hand in it from the very beginning. He wants us to follow without questioning His wisdom or motives. When our attitude is one of surrender it allows God to work in our circumstances and in us. Like Peter, if we keep our focus on Jesus, the waves won’t take us under.
Faith robs fear of its stronghold in our life!