Why Are You So Fearful?
When a terrible storm threatened to sink their boat on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus’ disciples panicked. Feeling they were going to drown while Jesus slept, they awakened Him with a rebuke, “Teacher, don’t you care that we perish?”
Jesus arose. Taking control of the Sea and charge of the Wind, He opened His mouth and said, “Peace! Be still! Remain still!” And like a baby, the Sea and the Wind went to sleep.
Then He lovingly rebuked His disciples. “Why are you so fearful? Do you still have no faith?”
The storm did not bother Him. He was sleeping while it was raging. What bothered Him was not the storm, but the fear that filled their hearts. Hadn’t He said to them before they boarded the boat, “Let us go over to the other side?” Didn’t they know when Jesus says a person is going over, he will not go under?
But observe. It was not His ability they doubted; it was His attentiveness to their need. Didn’t He care that they were in danger? How could He be sleeping when they were sinking? How could He be resting, when they were struggling for their lives?
Like the disciples, the deficiency many of us have in our faith is not in believing that God is able, but in believing that God is paying attention to us and to our situation, especially because He is so quiet. We suffer not from insufficient faith in His ability, but from insufficient faith in His love.
And that is why the Bible says, “Perfect love casts out fear.” You see, the antidote for fear is not knowing how powerful God is, but how perfectly He loves you.
In 2012, when Christ is quiet, when He seems to be asleep in your storm, it will not be because He does not care. It will be because He is in control. And because His love for you is perfect!
And this is my prayer for you; that you will come to know how perfectly God loves you, for when that happens, your storms will cease to frighten you.