Fear is an emotion we all face at times. There are some who seem to be fearful much of their lives. I have known some who were fearful of leaving their home, or new home for a night or so; for fear that someone might break in and steal their possessions or do harm to their home. Now, there is a needless fear.
It would probably surprise us what many people are fearful of. There are some parents who are constantly fearful that their child or children will fall down, get hurt, be hurt by someone else; well you get the picture. Children need to learn, and their falling, experiencing pain is part of growing up. Fear can be dangerous to one’s health.
We live in an era or time when people are fearful of what the economy will do; or how the stock market will perform. In this post today I want us to look at two portions of Scripture. First from the New Testament we hear from an event in the life of Jesus’s disciples and the words of Jesus;
“And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us: we perish.’ And He saith unto them,
‘Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?’
Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, ‘What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!’” Matthew 8:23-27 (KJV)
Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus is asleep in the boat, a storm comes up, Jesus remains asleep undaunted by the storm; and His disciples are fearful. Had they forgotten what Jesus has told them? Do they not know who He is? Of course it is a normal part of life to get fearful in the midst of a storm; at least for many people it is. However, when you have the Son of God with you, having heard His words; what is there to fear? Some wise Christian from years ago said, “If we fear God we do not need to fear anything else”. Jesus said to His disciples “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”, then He “Rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” Now, do you suppose that calm was just the ceasing of the wind and the seas? I think not. The calm entered the hearts of His disciples as well.
To continue of this thought lets look into the lives of Abraham and Sarah from Genesis;
“And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, ‘God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.’ And she said, ‘Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? For I have born him a son in his old age.’ And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.” Genesis 21:1-8 (KJV)
Now Abraham and Sarah had been promised a son by God. They had gone to extraordinary means to try and accomplish God’s will in their own way. First by the surrogacy using Hagar Sarah’s servant. As a result of this Ishmael was born and Sarah was despised by her servant, and when God did give them the son He had promised this promised son was hated by Ishmael. Where did this deed come from. It seems to have been spawned by fear. Fear that they needed to do something which God had not commanded, nor commended.
Some might think, “Well where does faith fit into the picture with Abraham and Sarah?” Despite their actions they did believe they were aiding God in giving them a child; but it still was contrary to His will. Yet God uses this fear and its fruit to later discipline His children.
They believed God in their lives, and God honored their faith. In Genesis 15:6 we are told of Abram, “And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.”
The word for today. No matter what the devil and life may throw at you; do not fear for God is the Master of your life. You do not need to use schemes, or the wiles of the world to accomplish the works of God. He works His plan and accomplishes His will for our good and His glory. When we do our own plan, our own way, “The chickens will come home to roost”.
“Why are you fearful…?”