Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. I don’t want you to think fear doesn’t have a purpose, for it does. Signs, read Danger High Voltage, No Smoking while you are pumping gas, stay away from the edge, swift currents, rip tides…. Fear is not sin; but it can lead to sin. Many medicate fear with anger, alcohol, self-starvation, drugs, unhealthy fear is not from God 2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Fear will always be around, don’t invite it in. When I was about 10 years old I went with a bunch of neighborhood boys to the theater to see a movie about Frankenstein and that afternoon I allowed fear to enter in. Life for years to come would never be the same. I became afraid of the dark, the man in Red, and any one that was dead. And just as you’re thinking right now “that’s crazy, why were you so fearful of something that was nothing.” That’s the same way Jesus felt toward His disciples and He said so “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? “ So why do you and I act the way of those disciples? Because many times when troubles come our way we too wonder where is Jesus and just like that night on the ship, He’s right there all the time. Have a blessed weekend and watch out for Mr. Fear and don’t let it cloud your confidence of the Goodness of God and don’t be robbed of your Miracle Memory.
Following Him Two
A closer look at this night aboard a ship with Jesus; If you’ll remember these disciples followed Jesus into the ship before the storm of earthquake proportions.
Matthew 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. The storm has begun, the ship is now being covered with the waves; but what’s this? Jesus is not upset, why no He’s asleep; how could this be possible? These disciples are all upset!
Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.This disciple didn’t ask Jesus for Strength; They don’t ask Him to still the storm; They don’t ask Him for Knowledge or Wisdom; They don’t ask if He is aware of the Storm. No! No! They now have doubts about Jesus and His character: Don’t you care we are going to perish? Get the picture, The Disciples are screaming while Jesus is Dreaming. I want you to notice Jesus is not catnapping or resting He’s asleep. Let me ask you a question; could you sleep on the scream machine at six flags? That’s what Fear Does it clouds our confidence in the Goodness of God, It confuses our control “Do something, Do something, will somebody please do something!” Fear dulls our Miracle Memory! This fear caused these disciples to forget all they had witnessed earlier. What about you and I? When the storms come into our lives do we then allow fear to rob us of our miracle memory? Jesus was right there with His disciples, Jesus was right there in the storm with His disciples. Wait a minute, do we not have the same promise?
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. In this storm Jesus had control.