Time to showcase “faith over fear”. Take steps of faith so God can show you how he operates in the seemingly impossible.
Fear has not foothold in my life!
There’s no question about it: the situations we face in life will rock our boats. For the disciples, it was storm that had them in a tizzy. For us, it could be a job situation, a financial problem, a health condition, or a relationship issue, among other complications.
There are, literally, hundreds of perfectly logical reasons to give in to fear.
The Bible, however, makes it amply clear that God doesn’t intend for us to succumb to fear. In fact, you might have heard that the phrase “fear not” appears over 365 times in Scripture.
While we will undoubtedly face fearful situations in life, our response to fear is critical. We can’t avoid circumstances that rock our boat, but we can choose to combat it the right way.
What is the antidote of fear?
The answer is found in the words of Jesus in Mathew 8:26: “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”
The verse doesn’t say, “O you of little courage” or “little education,” but, “you of little faith.” (emphasis mine)
Clearly, we can either succumb to fear – or operate through faith.
David’s faith inspired the young shepherd boy, to defeat a famed war hero twice his size, while the rest of the Israelite army trembled in fear.
It was faith caused Joshua and company to conquer a fortified city by marching around it for seven days.
And again faith, encouraged Peter to step out of the boat and walk on the waters of a stormy sea (until fear took over).
It was a battle I faced as we learnt that my Mom had to fight esophagus cancer. That diagnosis turned my world upside down. But faith kept moving me forward, one day at a time.
Fear? Faith looks fear in the eye. Your faith must dictates to fear. Faith leaves no room, not even a foothold, for fear.
Are you holding on to fear? Know that you can step out of the boat in faith when you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Pray for that mustard-seed-sized faith that will grow with each step of obedience.
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”