Fear Not | Mark 4:4 | Devotional
Mark 4:4 He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
The storm was so strong and furious that the seasoned fishermen were sure the boat was going down and that they were going down with it. As the storm raged, Jesus slept. Finally, the panicked disciples woke him up and asked, “Don’t you care if we drown?”
I am struck by the disciples question to Jesus. “Don’t you care?” is often our “storm” question as well. “Don’t you care that I just lost my job?” “Don’t you care that my marriage is on the rocks?” “Don’t you care that I’m single?” “Don’t you care that I’m sick?” “Why did he have to die so young, don’t you care?” But Jesus always gets to the heart of the matter and answers our question with a question, “Why are you so afraid?” “Do you still have no faith?” Jesus knows that a heart absent of faith is full of fear.
So, believers, in the midst of our storms we have two options. Knowing that Jesus is always with us we can fear he won’t help us…OR…knowing that Jesus is always with us we can depend on him for strength in the midst of the storm. I know it’s easier said than done but those are our choices—Fear or Faith. It’s an easy answer; it’s a hard application. Let’s pray for his help.
Lord Jesus, storms are frightening. Like the disciples, we panic and question your care. We know you died for our sins. Please forgive us for questioning your care. But we are weak and need your help. It’s easy to talk about faith but live in fear. So, please speak calmness to our hearts just like you did to the wind and the waves. Thank you for the promise that you will always be with us. In your name we pray. Amen.