Faith Trumps Fear


When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

~Psalm 56:3, CSB


Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time.

~N.L. Anderson



We see both good and bad fear and faith in the story of Jesus calming the sea…One day he and his disciples got into a boat, and he told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, they were sailing He fell asleep. Then a fierce windstorm came down on the lake; they were being swamped and were in danger. They came and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to die! ” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. So they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith? ” They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey him! ” The disciples wrestled with fear and I don’t mean awe or fear of God, I mean fear in terms of lack of faith. They were easily intimidated. We don’t think of David as a fearful man but he too wrestled with fear. My mother taught me Psalm 56:3 when I was a young child and I quoted it often. Faith is the antidote to fear.

Of course there is a good fear. When Jesus spoke to the winds and waves commanding them to be calm, the disciples were awestruck. It was a WOW moment. They became speechless. Mysterious awe filled their hearts and minds. This is a good or healthy fear and it leads to worship. I must be honest, I don’t think our worship is up to speed and I can tell you what is missing–Awe. Awe is a God thing, no preacher or singer can produce it. It is a God thing from start to finish. My prayer every Sunday is: LORD do something that leaves us in awe.

  • Well Danville found a way to lose last night and I guess we can claim the cellar position. We started well but made a couple of horrible mistakes and loss the momentum. We never recovered. It was a close game and competitive: too bad there are no more West Morgans.
  • Seth is headed home PTL. I think there must be some miscommunication among the emergency crews. I’m just glad he is coming home: high voltage and water are not a good combination.

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