Trusting God with our Fear

35 Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” 36 They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats followed along. 37 Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?” 39 He got up and gave orders to the wind, and he said to the lake, “Silence! Be still!” The wind settled down and there was a great calm. 40 Jesus asked them, “Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?” 41 Overcome with awe, they said to each other, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”

~ Mark 4:35-41, CEB

Yesterday I wrote about fear and the fact that it is ever-present in my life. I’ve also spoken about this in weekend messages over the years. In those messages, specifically, we talked about the fact that faith gives us a new perspective on life. God provides us with an alternative to interpreting our lives and life events through the lens of fear (i.e. worst-case scenario thinking/planning). Instead, we have someone in whom we can place our trust and to whom we can submit our fears and anxieties. Now, as we said, this doesn’t mean fear and anxiety magically disappear, it just means that we have some responsibility to find our faith (in response to Jesus’ question) and make sure that these things are submitted to God. Too often we submit God to our fear, rather than the other way around.

Tomorrow I’ll share a story about what I mean and then unpack it over a couple of days.