That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 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?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4, verses 35-41.
With power in Jesus, we can do anything.
You see, I’m like the disciples: it’s all about me. Don’t you love how they try to blame Jesus for their predicament? Nobody forced them to get into the boat; they went willingly. The sea was an inland sea, and while the squall must have been frightening, please: get a grip. They could have made it through. When they discover they might be in danger, they wake up Jesus and rag on Him. “Don’t you care what happens to US?” “You chose US!” “WE matter.” What does Jesus do? He saves them, corrects them, rebukes them, and loves them. He isn’t afraid and asks them, not accuses them, why they are letting their petty fears get the best of them.
There’s a lesson in that: fear nothing. As long as we abide in Jesus’ grace, we have nothing to fear. He even says so: “why are you so afraid?” Jesus was with them. More importantly, Jesus had imparted faith into their lives. Faith in God through Him. Because of that, they need not have had any fear. Neither should we. Afraid of walking in the dark? Be cautious but don’t be afraid. Afraid of the bully at school? Be prepared but don’t be afraid. Afraid to face your fears, or face your past, or face the music after you’ve done wrong? Be ready, but don’t be afraid. As long as you abide in Jesus, fear will flee you and enable you to do magnificent things…
….things such as quieting a storm with simple words of faith. I personally know men who have participated in exorcisms that have driven out demons. I personally know people who have spoken healing over others in pain and watched that pain turn immediately to relief. I personally have known weak people made strong in heart and body. The commonality in all these things: faith in Jesus. It reminds me of something my pastor said last week: we seem to forget to take Jesus at His word. If He says we can do something through Him, He means we can do something through Him. All things are possible through Jesus.
Yet notice He keeps it real: “SO afraid.” Jesus acknowledges human fear is a natural reaction, not a character flaw. He sees that we immediately feel trepidation at some things because that’s a physiological reaction to stimulus. It’ a defense mechanism He made into us. Yet He then says “trust me, not your fear.” Get over it and get back to Me because I’m bigger than all that.
Lord, You’re bigger than my fears. Help me to overcome them.
Read the rest of Mark 4.