Devotional: ‘Why are you afraid?’

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Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.  (Matthew 8:26 NLT)

The disciples found themselves in the midst of a terrible storm and to make matters worse – Jesus was asleep!  If only He had quickly rebuked the waves as soon as the first spray splashed into the boat, there would have been no reason for fear.  But He didn’t.  Instead, Jesus remained asleep.  At a moment when the disciples needed Him most, Jesus appeared to be unconcerned.

Perhaps you are having a similar experience.  You’ve been expecting Jesus to come and rescue you from your storm; and yet, He seems to be asleep.  Surely if He cared about you He would spare you of such turmoil.  What good could there be in staying in a storm when the Master of the sea only has to speak a word and everything would return to normal?  But He doesn’t.  For some reason He allows you to remain in the storm.

Someone once wrote, “When once we are assured that God is good, then there can be nothing left to fear.” Jesus responded to the disciples cry by saying, “Why are you afraid?  You have so little faith.”  Perhaps He was saying, “you have so little faith that I can calm the storm.”  I think that He was saying, “you have so little faith that I will calm the storm.”  “You have so little faith in My care for you and that I will always do what needs to be done.”

If you are fearful today, consider these verses of scripture:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Tim 1:7 NLT)

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:9 NLT)

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!   (Ps 31:24 NLT)

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear . . . (1 John 4:18 NLT)

Author, John Eldredge has written, “There comes a time when we simply have to face the challenges in our lives and stop backing down.” So which is it going to be?  FEAR   OR   FAITH?

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