I believe that God does not fault us for feeling fear — that seems to be an unavoidable part of the human experience, especially in certain circumstances. But He does fault us when fear takes over in our lives and we become panicked — especially when we know that He is right there with us like Jesus was with the disciples in the boat in the midst of the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41).
Instead of showing faith by asking Jesus for help, the disciples allowed fear to take over and accused Jesus of not caring that they were about to drown. Was that true? Of course not.
Jesus questioned their faith not because of their fear, but because in the midst of a scary situation they did not realize who He was and believe that He would help them if they asked.
What fear tends to take over in your life?
I encourage you to write a simple prayer asking God for help with this fear. Here is mine:
Father, I am afraid of being alone — of not being pursued by friends who genuinely love me. I lift this fear up to you. Help me to remember that You are always pursuing me and are always right here with me. In the busyness of life, give me friends who take time to pursue me — not because we are working on a project together, but just because they love me. And by the way, thank you so much for Ann. Help me also to regularly pursue and enjoy others as a way of life; and to make my home a place of unconditional and spontaneous welcome. Thank you so much. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Resource Alert: This blog is based on Lesson 22 from my Bible study guide entitled — My Whole Self Before You: The Study Guide. It is a great resource for family or personal devotions and is taken from the section on the life of Jesus.