Matthew 8:26 Are You 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

Fear is something that most people have to deal with in their lives. What a person is afraid of can be unlimited number of things.

Often people are afraid of something that is occurring in their lives that they cannot control. This becomes especially true when the thing that is not controlled can be physically dangerous in some way.

No one wants to be injured or hurt in anyway, so they become afraid of something. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat, when a great storm came up, threatening the capsizing of the boat. Out of fear the disciples woke Jesus. He said they were of little faith, then calmed the storm.

Just as many in the world get afraid of events, believers take their eyes off of God and become afraid. They are quick to forget all that God has already done in the past and in their own lives. All that is seen is the immediate danger that is looming right in front of them.

Faith in God requires that one believes what God has said and then acting according to what God has said.

For a person to become a believer in Jesus, he must have some faith that Jesus has risen from the dead and has the power to forgive and save him. If Jesus can raise from the dead, then He has the ability to do anything. To deny that Jesus can meet a need in one’s life, is to deny that He rose from the dead.

When a dangerous situation arises, all one has to do is have faith in what God can do, rather than live in fear of the situation.

Think for a moment of all the things God has already done in your life. Take another moment to think about what God has already done in history. If God can do all these things, He can continue to take care of you in every situation.

Instead of living in fear, trust or have faith that God will take care of you in what you may be going through right now.

God may rebuke the winds and calm your storm. Or He may bring you safely through the storm in your life. Either way you will win with God on your side.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God can do for you; that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will not fear any situation in your life; and that you keep your eyes upon God and not the storms in your life.

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.