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Afraid

Afraid

25 February 2009

Scripture:

And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?” (Mark 4:40 NLT)

Observation:

At the end of a long day of teaching from a boat pulled up against the shore so Jesus could be heard by the crowds, Jesus said, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

Jesus lay down in the back of the boat to rest and immediately fell asleep. A fierce storm came up and threatened to swamp the boat. His disciples panicked and woke him with the cry, “Don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”

Jesus’ reply was that they should think the situation through clearly. If Jesus said, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake” then apparently he intended to get all the way across and not drown in the middle. If they had faith in him, they might wake him to calm the storm, but they wouldn’t accuse him of not caring and of setting them up to go down with the ship.

Application:

When the circumstances of my life are out of my control, my options are faith or fear. When I begin to be afraid, Jesus’ question is just what I need to hear, “Why are you afraid? Do you still not trust me?”

Think it through: 1) If Jesus said, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake,” then he has a plan that goes beyond this storm. 2) If I’m doing what Jesus said to do, then what’s next is up to him. 3) If I’m afraid, then I’m not trusting him fully. The solution is to choose faith.

One of the Psalmists said it this way, “Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 43:5 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, I get really nervous sometimes when the storm is fierce and the waves are high. Please forgive me when I let my fear say silly things. I choose faith. I choose to trust your care, your wisdom, and your timing. This boat is going exactly where you want it to and I’m on board! Amen.

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