I have heard the statement: Fear and Faith cannot walk together.

Will you be one whose life is based on anxiety, doubt and fear? Rather, you could choose Christ and walk through life with a lively hope and faith that God will take care of you. That is not to say that everything will always go the way we want it to — but it does mean God is with us and His love for us is unconditional.

Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. It’s an anxious concern and reason for alarm. Be mindful it can be a tool of Satan, to arouse fear in us in order to take away our peace and joy, and cause us to doubt God. The Bible mentions the word fear over 400 times. Yet, in most incidences we are encouraged the only fear we should have is the fear of God. And that fear of God is a relationship of reverence, respect and love. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Here was the situation: “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 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?” 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. (Mark 4:37-39).

So what is our resolve for the storms of life that are going to come? Well, we learn from the Disciples to call on Jesus. In the story Saint Mark uses the word faith and fear as he describes what takes place. “He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 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 4:40)

So the storms are going to come, some greater than others. Some are just a part of life, some storms we bring upon ourselves. But all God asks us to do is to keep the faith, and He will turn our defeats into victory, our darkness will become light. What would make us bitter will make us better.

One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: “Jump! I will catch you.” But the boy protested, “Daddy, I can’t see you.” The father replied, “But I can see you and that’s all that matters.”

As we go through these times of uncertainty let us be mindful that though we cannot see the resolve to our problems, Jesus sees our situations, and in a due season trust Him to say, “Peace!

Be still!

The Rev. Carey N. Ingram is the pastor at Lovejoy Baptist Church.

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