Calming the Voice Of Fear
Posted: Thursday, January 22
Verse of the day:
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27)
When Jesus makes this proclamation the disciples are in a dangerous situation. They are out on the water in the middle of the night when suddenly a strong wind comes and causes the water to become very rocky and unsafe. As they are trying to stabilize the boat and fight the waves they begin to see a figure moving towards them and are terrified that it is a ghost. The disciples are fearful not knowing if they will ever make it back to the safety of shore and how this story is going to end for them. Jesus in the midst of the chaos appears and says “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here!” The disciples had no reason to fear- Jesus had been aware the whole time and was not going to let them perish!
So often when we get caught up in the unexpected storms of life we respond with fear just like the disciples! We become terrified and begin to doubt that God cares or is even aware of our situation. Jesus says in Matthew 10:29-31, “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” We are valuable to God and if He is aware of even when a sparrow falls to the ground how much more aware is He when we fall or go through difficult situations.
If we allow ourselves to quite the voice of fear and focus on the promises of God we will begin to hear Jesus say, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here!” What situation are you facing that is causing you to have fear and to question God? Take ahold of His promises and trust that He sees what you are going through and that He will bring you through!