Matthew 8:26 Why Be Afraid?

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26

Throughout the lifetime of most people there are things that occur that are unexpected. Some of these events will often cause fear in the hearts of people, because they do not what will be the final result. People fear the disaster that may come from the situation. These fears can be based upon physical problems or disasters, or things with the emotions. Either way it is fear of the unknown.

As Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and Jesus was sleeping a great storm came up swamping the boat. The disciples woke Jesus in fear. He got up, calmed the storm and then asked them why they were afraid.

Large storms can be a scary event for many people. Heavy storms that go through an area will often leave a path of destruction and damage. People fear for their lives and can only see extreme damage coming, forgetting who is in control and His great love for them.

Many believers are just like disciples when a storm comes up in their lives, they cry out in fear. While there is nothing wrong with calling out to God for help, it is wrong to call out to God in fear. One must know God’s great love for him and know that God will not allow anything to happen outside of His control that is not what is best for that person.

Believers are willing to believe Jesus for salvation, but are scared for their lives in times of possible disaster. There must be great faith in all things with God. The physical life should not be of so much importance that disasters allow fear and forgetting that God is in control.

As with the disciples, there will be times a great storm arises in your life that will begin to swamp your boat. You have a choice to make. Your two choices are: will you believe and trust God or will you not believe and trust Him.

Keep in mind the times God has already taken care of you and trust Him to continue to do so. One of three things can happen during that storm. One is that you die and go to heaven. Another is that God brings you through it. The last is God calms the storm. Either way you win on God’s side. Trust God.

Today I pray that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will not fear any storm in your life; that you will go to God in faith, not fear; and that you will see God work in every situation in your life for your good.

Isaiah 57:20-21 No Peace For Some

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But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:20-21 

Fear is something that is rampant around the world during troubling times. People fear death, fear the economy, fear the government, fear sickness, fear diseases, fear others and many more things.

Peace is desired by most people, but is seldom truly found. In the night people toss and turn out of fear because of situations that they cannot seem to control. There is something wrong and most do not really know what it is or how to solve the problem.

During this time of fear, people try to do more things. They take drugs and do things to cover up some of their fear, but it is still there.

In the passage today, Isaiah says that the wicked are tossing like a raging sea. The reason for this is that there is no peace for the wicked.

It is easy for believers to understand why the wicked person has no peace, however, there are also many believers who do not have any peace. They are just like the wicked in tossing and turning at night or throughout the day.

The reason for their loss of peace is that often they have allowed sin into their lives. A believer has begun to accept a sin in his life, not really repenting and turning from it. This has caused him to become like the wicked of the world.

God is striving to draw him back. There is conviction in the heart, because he knows that what he is doing is wrong. In his heart there is no real peace.

The good news, however, is that the believer can turn from that sin and repent. God is there ready to forgive and move forward, bringing about real peace in the heart.

Examine your life and see if you have any real peace in it. Are you tossing and turning at night with sleep evading you? Is there fear building up a wall in your life?

If these are the cases, take a look and see if you are harboring sin in your heart. Is there anything God has told you not to do, or to do, that you did or did not do? If there is anything like that, it is sin. There will be no peace.

Turn away from sin and repent. God is there to forgive you and fill you with His peace today.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will turn from all sin and turn to God; that you will know the true peace of God in your life; and that you will know the forgiveness and mercy of God. 

James 1:5-6 Seeking Wisdom

 

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6

Wisdom is knowing what to say or do with the knowledge that one has already. People know how to do many different things, but are not always sure of the best way to use that knowledge correctly.

People have sought wisdom for thousands of years in many different ways. There are many people who were philosophers on life and wrote books on how to be wise, some giving some wise wisdom.

Most people, when they become an adult, can think a back to some wise things that their parents had told them. Or they may remember some wise words that another person had told them dealing with some area of their life.

While this wisdom can sound good, it is not always the best and perfect wisdom. James tells the people that if they need wisdom, all they need to do is ask God. God is a loving and generous God and wants to give out His wisdom to those who ask.

His wisdom is perfect, because He is perfect. However, not everyone wants to accept His wisdom, because in the eyes of the world it does not look very good. The believer must ask and not doubt what God shows him, regardless of how crazy it may appear.

There are people who ask God for wisdom, but then reject it when they get it. They doubt that it is really the best wisdom possible. In this way they get tossed around, because they follow the wisdom of this world, and not that of God.

There will be times you will need wisdom in how to deal with a situation in your life. The first thing you must do is go to God and ask for wisdom. Know that God will answer you with the best answer. Then you must believe what God has told you.

Do not allow yourself to doubt the wisdom of God. He is perfect and has been around for all eternity. His is wise above the wisest person on this earth. God loves you and will guide you correctly.

I pray today that you will seek God for all wisdom; that you will trust God’s wisdom for your life; that you will believe all that God says; and that you will act upon God’s word to you.

Mark 4:39-40 Quiet! Be Still!

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be Still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40

After a long day of teaching, Jesus and the disciples get into a boat. Jesus goes to sleep. During His sleep, a storm comes up and threatens to sink the boat.

The disciples wake Jesus up scared that they are going to drown. They know that Jesus can do something about it and could not understand why He was sleeping.

Jesus gets up and calms the wind and waves. Then He asks them why they were afraid.

While Jesus was resting His physical body on a cot on that boat, He was also resting His Spirit in the control of God the Father. He knew who was really in control. He knew that His time to die had not yet come. There was no wind or wave on the earth that was going to be able to kill Him. He had peace.

In life today, you may not be on a physical boat with wind and waves, but you are on the boat of life. There are other types of winds and waves that come against you.

How many times do you cry out to God, like the disciples did, “do You not care if I drown?”

As normal humans, we only see the here and now that is visible. We cannot see around the corner or into the future.

No matter how big the problem is, God is going to take care of you. Tell yourself the words that Jesus said: “Quiet! Be Still!” Do not allow yourself to get worked up into a frenzy of fear and worry.

Yes, the storms of life are large and the waves are ominous, but God is bigger. God is in control. Have faith in Him. God will take care of you, no matter how bad it gets.

Remember, the worst that can happen is you die, which then becomes the best because you get to go straight to heaven where there will be no more problems.

I pray today that God will bring peace to your heart and mind; that God will calm the storms in your life; that you will have faith in God; that God’s perfect love will cast out the fear in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 14:31 Why Doubt

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

This passage is the famous passage about Jesus and Peter walking on the water. Peter was in a boat and saw someone walking on the water that they thought was a ghost. Jesus said not to be afraid and that it was just Himself. Peter states that if it is really Jesus, he wanted Jesus to call him to walk on the water to him. Jesus calls him, and immediately, Peter gets out and starts walking on the water.

As he was walking, Peter sees the waves and gets scared and starts to sink. This is where this verse picks up.

Think about this for a moment. Peter has no fear of getting out of the boat and then is actually walking on water, which is impossible to do for man.

It is only when he sees the waves that he starts to doubt. Up to that point he had faith in Jesus that he could walk on the water. Jesus cannot understand why he started to doubt. Everything was going perfect, why start doubting?

Now think about your own life. You are following Jesus. Everything is going perfect. God is providing for all of your needs. It is easy to believe.

Now, all of a sudden, you see the waves of life starting to rise up: sickness, bills, pain, suffering, death and more. You begin to doubt that Jesus is really in control. You take your eyes off of Jesus and place them on those large waves in life.

At that point you start to doubt and begin to sink. Jesus will ask that same question: why do you doubt?

If Jesus is taking care of you during the good times, don’t you think He will take care of you during the rough times? God does not love you any less during the rough times in life. His love remains the same.

God will care for you through everything in life. Keep your eyes on Jesus at all times in all situations. Trust God through everything. Do not doubt.

I pray today that God will reveal His love to you; that God will reveal how He will care for you; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will not have any doubt in God at all; and that God will reveal His presence with you more and more.