Thanks for the encouragement to fear not Johannes!
As a child I had a tremendous fear of hard heavy rain and thunderstorms. On our farm in South Africa the collection dam sat right above our house and I always had a fear of the dam wall breaking and flooding our home. This type of hard rain always produced loud crushing thunder that kept a young boy up fearing if it would hit us.
As I grew up different fears arose and I even had a fear of drowning. The Agricultural school I attended was on the banks of the great fish river and this was our swimming spot. When the river was in flood stage it made for some good swimming but if you missed the spot you were supposed to get out then you stood a great chance of drowning.
When I moved into adulthood the fear of not being able to pay my bills or to have a job created a fear inside me. Then children came and I developed a fear of something happening to them. For you that have teenagers driving for the first time that is a whole different fear level.
We see in our text today people in great fear.
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another,“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:38-41
You see that no matter what you fear the result is the same. It immobilizes you and then you shift your focus off of everything else. You become so scared and stressed that you can’t hardly function. All you think of is the issue at hand and your ability or inability to do something about it.
Just like the disciples, we wait till the last minute to call on Jesus and at that point we are so “sceerd” that we doubt he can do anything about it. See just like Jesus was in the same boat with the disciples, and just as they have seen Him do great things before this episode, in the same way Jesus has proved himself to you. Jesus is next to you all day and His angel armies go before you and behind you. Jesus is only a whisper away. As a child of the King you have his protection and He is in control of every storm that might create fear in you.
After the disciples suffered fear of death and after they tried to do something about it themselves and all hope was lost they decided to call on Jesus. Why do we do this to ourselves? Call on Jesus at the beginning of the storm when just the feeling of fear is present. Allow Him to take it over and handle it for you.
Psalm 46:1 says – “God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble”
The disciples were reminded of who they are serving in verse 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:41
The same Jesus is still alive today. He has the same power and authority so all you have to do is call on Him and he will answer. Now remember the answer might not look like what you planned so you might stay in the storm. Fear might remain but remember that He will not let you drown he is in the boat with you watching over you.