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.
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.