Pitch black darkness. Claws and sharp teeth. Thunder and lightning. Raised voices and clenched fists. Failure, illness, accident, death.
These are things that may come to one’s mind at the mention of fear. What are you afraid of?
Fear is a terrible thing. It has its own torment. I’ve learnt not to judge other people’s fear by my supposed boldness. You can never know how bold you are until you are faced with fear. Your mind goes blank and you break in sweat. The reason for this is many of us don’t know there is no reason to fear. Christ Jesus has promised to be with us and has constantly reminded us not to afraid. He is with us always. This is a promise we must not doubt. When situations seem hopeless, we have hope and should not be dismayed. Our confidence in Christ should not waver. When we sense doubt dripping our way, we should plug the leak with faith. There are powers that permeate this world but we should ask for the boldness and confidence to face them. We have an assurance that we have overcome. Ask for grace to be courageous.
Christ himself is an example. He was in a boat with His disciples and the storm was boisterous. These men were in distress and were mustering all their strength to stay afloat. Jesus was asleep. He was an epitome of peace in the midst of chaos. In a boat of 13 people, he was resting while others were trying to save their lives.
Sometimes we are in such positions. We’re struggling to hold on to the cables of our life to keep from falling away. All along we’re striving and Christ is right there with us. The only solution. He’s peaceful and we are in that boat trying to save ourselves, the boat and the Prince of Peace. Just when we’re at the elastic limit, we realize He’s asleep and then we rush to wake Him. “Master! Don’t you care if I perish?” We are all in the boat and we are all practically on the verge of perishing. We only ask if he doesn’t care if we perish. Not because we care if He does but because we don’t want to perish.
Summoning our last resort, Christ stills the storm and we are there staring in awe because its beyond our comprehension. Christ is with us always. He’s the only element of peace. He banishes all fear. So don’t wait till the last minute to call on him. Instead, follow His instructions. He’s the antidote to fear.