Shepherd Sayings March 8, 2018
Jesus’ disciples were in a storm. They were “Straining at the oars” (Mark 6:49). Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When they saw Him walking on the lake . . . they cried out because they all saw him and were terrified. Jesus said to them, “It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Mark 6:49-50). To be scared in such a situation is understandable. To obey Jesus’ command, “Don’t be afraid,” is humanly impossible. One might as well tell Niagara Falls to stop flowing as to tell himself to stop fearing.
God’s word to His people is “Don’t be afraid.” In every life situation, when His people are scared, God commands “Don’t be afraid.” Fear obviously is a problem for all people.
William Faulkner wrote; “The basis of all things is to be afraid.” Think about it! How often, in a day, are you scared? There is a fear of falling for seniors, the fear of failing for the middle-aged, the fear of being forsaken for the young. Most of us fear heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke, caner, etc. Many of us fear for our children’s safety, our friend’s sanity and our nations’ security.
Where do I go for strength when I’m scared? Where else but unto the Lord! “When I am afraid, I will trust in the Lord” (Psalm 56:31). Amen!