We fear boogymen when we are young. As we age we fear things like loneliness or death. We fear public speaking at most any age. Shoot, I even fear clowns (do not use this against me or you will see my Kung Fu action).
What do you fear? In this week’s text, the disciples saw the storm and feared it. Jesus calms the storm with a rebuke and a Word and then turns to them:
40 Then he asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no (little) faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. "Who is this man?" they asked each other. "Even the wind and waves obey him!”
We mis-place our fear when we fear something that is created. We especially mis-place our fear when it is focused on something fictional (zombies, clowns, etc.). The disciples of Jesus quickly learned that they didn’t need to fear the storm because Jesus could calm it in an instant. However, that left them terrified of WHO they were in the boat with…
I do not think this is the same kind of fear. It is not a hide-from-it fear. It is a fear of reverence, respect and awe. This is a good thing. The Scriptures teach us that ‘Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom’. These men just began to get wise to the fact that they were in the boat with God-in-the-flesh. WOW.
What do you fear? Why do you fear it? When you look at God and see ultimate power and authority what do you feel?