Did you know that God has reminded us in His word not to be afraid. Not just a few times; but 365 times. Wow, that’s one time for every day in the year.
In Matthew chapter fourteen we read that the disciples where filled with fear as they navigated the stormy sea. Jesus had sent them on ahead of him while he went up to pray alone in the mountain. The waves were so boisterous that they were surely afraid of sinking. Added to this they must have thought; where is Jesus? Why has he forsaken us? If he was here this would not be happening. Then, all of a sudden Jesus showed up and he is walking on the water, but they did not recognize him. They imagined that it must be a ghost or a phantom and were filled with terror. But then Jesus spoke to them and said, ” Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Of course , Peter was still not convinced that it was Jesus so he cried “Jesus; If it is you command me to come to you.” Jesus then said, “come.”Peter made good progress until he got his attention more on the storm than on Jesus. He cried out in fear and Jesus reached out and saved him. When they stepped into the boat the wind immediately ceased.
We all face storms in life. It’s not if but when. One thing we can learn from this scripture is to keep our eyes on Jesus. One way to keep our eyes on him is to stay focused on his word. Remember the promises that he has given us in the Bible; like ” Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”[ Isa. 41:10 LB] Even though we can’t see him with our physical eye, we know he is with us.
Yes, you can have peace in the midst of the storm. Peace is not the subtraction of problems but peace is the addition of God’s power to meet those problems. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
You are loved with an everlasting love, Mike