Why Am I Afraid?

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Sometimes a storm enters our lives, like this storm came upon Lake Michigan on the early fall day we arrived. The effects of the storm turned this ordinarily calm lake into a body of water that looked more like the ocean. The surf churned and crashed onto the shore. The waves battered and washed over the pier. Winds blew fiercely. It was dangerous and scary and we quickly forgot how beautiful it could be.

“Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’ Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:26.

Sometimes the same thing happens in our lives. We can be clipping right along, things going smoothly, life seeming good, and out of nowhere, a storm will rise up. Out of the clear, blue sky. With no warning at all. And life seems to go out of control. The waves of adversity and trial batter our hearts and wash over our hope. The fierce winds of doubt cause chaos deep in our souls.

And then it happens. Jesus steps into the middle of our circumstances, and calm emerges from the storm.

Why should we be afraid? Hasn’t He calmed our storms before? Haven’t the waves of difficulty and distress washed over us a hundred times in the past – yet here we are?

We so quickly forget His faithfulness. We unthinkingly wonder will this be the time He forgets us and sleeps right through our desperate need? But it’s not, and it never will be. Jesus is always with us, calming our fears and our storms.

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