Fear or Faith

Luke 8:22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

 

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One of the biggest things I struggle with is fear. I’m fearful of failure and ironically enough, I’m fearful of success. I’m often hesitant to share my fear of success with people because inevitably I get looks of shock, surprise or that I’m a circus freak of sorts. I mean, why would anyone be afraid of success? Don’t we all want to succeed?

I’m certainly not a psychologist or another professional that could better explain my hang-up, but the best I’ve been able to come up with is that I know me… I mean, I know that I’m flawed, I’m scatter brained at times and I’ve been known to lack endurance in some areas. I get bored easily and move on to learn or do something else.

The question I ask, is this truly fear or a lack of faith? Or is it just who I am?

When looking at the passage in Luke 8, I see Jesus is leading his disciples to across the lake. As they go out, Jesus falls asleep and a fierce storm comes upon them. At the point of danger, they cried out to Jesus for help. They thought they were dying.

Jesus got up and rebuked the storm. Upon His command the surging waves stopped and became calm. He then asked the disciples, Where is your faith? Without answering Jesus, they questioned each other, “who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?” The text says, “they were fearful and amazed”.

There are a couple of takeaways from this passage that I think we can all soak in…

1) The storm was not what woke Jesus, it was the cry of the disciples
2) They feared AFTER experiencing His mighty work. Powerful!

As we live out each day, may we not be fearful of the things of this world, but rather, may we be fearful and in awe of the power of an almighty God. The creator of ALL living things. He spoke, and it was. That’s power my friends!

May we not lack faith in who God is. Jesus conquered the grave so that we could have direct access to God the Father 24/7. Lets tap into HIS wisdom and power. Lets cry out to Him for help when we are afraid.

Key Verse: Luke 8:24 – They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm.

Application Questions:

1) If God performed a miracle for you to see, would you recognize it as God, or would you be like the disciples and ask “who is He?”

2) Do you fear the issues, situations of this world? Or do you have faith that the Lord has gone before you to make a way?

 

**photo courtesy of Orthodoxy Today

2 thoughts on “Fear or Faith”

  1. I can relate to your fears, friend and fellow T! While they don’t make much sense, they’re real. I love this passage and your insights about when the disciples’ fear became real. I’ve never noticed that. Thanks for bringing it to light. Your application questions are great to ponder. I think God performs miracles every day that we don’t recognize as miracles because we so take His goodness for granted. I hope my eyes will be open to those, and I hope you and I both will go forward without our needless fears. God bless you, my friend. Thanks for this beautiful post.

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