What are you afraid of?

    There is a famous Bible story in Mark 4 that tells about a time Jesus calmed a raging storm. If you look carefully into the scriptures, I know you'll see a story to which you can relate.

    Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, and a terrible storm arose. Jesus was asleep when waves started flooding the boat. The disciples, fearing for their lives, woke Jesus and asked, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Without panic, fear, or even urgency, Jesus stood up and rebuked the storm. He simply said, “Peace! Be still!” and the storm stopped. He then turned to His disciples and asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

    How many times have we come to a crisis in our lives, and in our grief shouted at God, "Do you not care that I am perishing?" In our struggle, we often lose perspective. Jesus, the Creator of the universe, is right there with us. The Bible tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6.) He hasn't gone anywhere. Jesus is "in the boat" with us! 

    Is Jesus asking you the same questions He asked His disciples? "What are you so afraid of? Haven't you seen what I've been doing? Don't you believe what I've been telling you?" We have to trust Him. When fear and doubts arise, take captive those thoughts. Don't believe what the enemy tells you.

    You should hear the same command that Jesus issued the storm, "Peace! Be Still." "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV)