“…Why are ye so fearful?…” – Mark 4:40
Many weary souls went to bed last night deeply troubled by their trials. Having finally fallen to sleep they did so with the hope that the new day would bring sweet relief, but they awoke with bitter disappointment. Before their feet hit the floor, fear flooded their heart–the same fear they had fought the night before. It is a new day, but the same old problems stare them in the face. The pain is still present, or the bills are still unpaid, or the car is still in the shop, or the job is still in question, or the marriage is still on the rocks, etc. So, they feel destined to spend another day in misery.
If that describes you, I want to suggest that you get alone with God, open His Word, and let God speak to your heart. I’m not saying this will change your circumstances, but it will change you– and that just might change the other things. Fear is dispelled by faith and faith comes by the hearing of God’s Word (Rom. 10:17). Spend some time thinking about the situation the disciples found themselves in, and this question by the Savior– Why are ye so fearful?. You just might be surprised at the difference it makes. Of this verse, James Smith wrote:
“The disciples appeared to be in danger, and fear filled their hearts. They did not realize that they were the care and charge of Jesus, or else, knowing Him, their fears could have had no place.
Beloved, you are in the hands of your loving Saviour. He has charge of you and all your concerns. He has numbered the very hairs of your head, and watches over you every moment, by night, as well as by day. He is ever present, His eye cannot be diverted from you, His omnipotence is engaged to defend you, His fulness to supply you, His wisdom to guide you, and all His perfections will be glorified in your everlasting holiness and happiness. He says, “I am glorified in them.”
Why are you so fearful? Jesus is a very present help, He is a Friend that loveth at all times, He is your shield, and will be your exceeding great reward. But perhaps you have wandered from Him; your conscience accuses you, and Satan tempts you to despond; go, go, and return unto Him, delay not a moment, cast yourself, guilty as you are, at His feet, confess all, and give yourself to Him afresh. He will receive you graciously, love you freely, and restore to you the joys of His salvation.”
The saints should never be dismay’d,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect His aid,
The Saviour will appear.