Throughout the Christ’s time with his disciples/apostles they would not always realize whom they were with. I recall the time they were on the stormy Sea of Galilee and afraid that they would capsize and drown. Jesus was asleep on the boat and they wake Him in fear. He calms the wind and the waves and chastises His disciples, “Why were you afraid?” (Mark 4:40). Another time at sea the wind and waves were again were threatening their safety. This time Jesus is not on the boat, but he was walking past them. Peter asks to come out to Jesus on the water. Peter is momentarily successful until he becomes frightened by the waves. Again, Jesus chastises fear (Matt 14:30-31)
What are we afraid of?
Here are some things we do not need to be afraid of:
- What people can do to us – Hebrews 13:6
- Being alone – Hebrews 13:5
- Death – 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
- The problems of life – Matthew 6:24-34
Fear can paralyze us, stop us in our tracts. We can even be afraid to do God’s Will out of fear we might fail.
Fear can lead to our defeat. Ten of the twelve spies filled Israel with fear and they failed to enter the land of Promise for a generation. (Numbers 13)
What should we fear? Or better yet, Whom should I fear?
Whom should I fear?
- Rom 11:22, “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen . . .”
- Prov 16:6, “By the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.”
- Heb 4:1, “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you would seem to have failed to reach it.”
- Heb 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
I need to return to a fear of God that leads us to righteousness, commitment, purity, and dedication to His cause.