Faith vs Fear


When Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. A huge storm arose on the lake so that waves were sloshing over the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, rescue us! We’re going to drown!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?” Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm. The people were amazed and said, “What kind of person is this? Even the winds and the lake obey him!” ~Matthew 8:23-27

Look at what’s happening here…Jesus was asleep and at peace during the storm but the disciples were afraid! The disciples were in the middle of a storm and didn’t know what was going to happen. They were afraid and Jesus was right there with them! Jesus is also right here with us in the midst of the storms of our life.

How do we react when things go from bad to worse? Do we trust and realize that Jesus is here with us? Or do we, like the disciples, feel the fear filling our spirit which causes us to diminish our faith in the God who loves us, walks with us and is always working within us to transform us to the people we were created to be? Should we trust that we can call out to Jesus when we do not have the resources or the waves are piling on us, AND that we can trust Jesus is right here with us to help us even before we ask? The awesome thing is that God, in Jesus, is with us always and is guiding us, all that is asked of us is that we simply trust the Living God and do not fear or worry.

“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?” ~Matthew 6:25-26

So, what are the storms in your life right now?
Do trust Jesus is right there in the boat of life with you?
How can you show yourself and those you’re around your faith and trust in Jesus’ love and protection?

Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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