October 11, 2017
Fear or Faith
He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Mark 4:40
The storm raged. The winds were so strong and the waves so furious that the seasoned fishermen were sure the boat was going down. But as the water pounded the vessel, Jesus slept. Knowing the whole story this detail makes me chuckle, but the disciples didn't know the whole story. They were not humored that Jesus was napping. Finally, the panicked disciples woke Him up and asked, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" (Mark 4:38).
"Jesus, don't You care?" That's often our "storm" question as well. "Don't You care that I just lost my job?" "Don't You care that my marriage is on the rocks?" "Don't You care that I'm single?" "Don't You care that I'm sick?" "Why did they have to die so young? Don't You care?" But Jesus always gets to the heart of the matter. The Master Teacher answers our questions with these questions, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Jesus knows that a heart absent of faith is full of fear.
Believers, in the midst of our storms we have two options. We can fill our hearts with fear, convincing ourselves that Jesus doesn't care. Or we can trust Him to calm the storm or calm us in the storm. I know it's easier said than done, but those are our choices--fear or faith. It's an easy answer; it's a hard application. Let's pray for His help.
Lord Jesus, storms are frightening. Like the disciples, we panic and question Your care. We know You died for our sins. But we are weak and in constant need of Your help. It's easy to talk about faith but continue to live in fear. Please, speak calmness to our hearts just like You did to the wind and the waves. Thank You for the promise that You will always be with us. In Your name we pray. Amen.