Fear

Read: Luke 8:22-25

Fear is a gift God gives us. It is a tool which can keep us safe and gives glory to God.

To lose yourself to fear by lacking faith in God is sin. God gave us fear that we may know He is more powerful than we are. He granted us this gift to know when to tread carefully, but not to paralyze us and keep us from moving.

Jonah 1:3 tells of how Jonah was paralyzed with fear. He disobeyed God by traveling to a city in the opposite direction of where God wanted him to go. God sent a storm while Jonah slept. The sailors transporting Jonah woke him and cast him out of the boat at his direction to keep themselves safe.

The passage in Luke finds the disciples in the same position as the sailors. Jesus was on board and asleep. The disciples woke Him. This was His response:

“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” – Luke 8:25

Jesus redirected their fear. Where they feared the weather, He replaced it with fear of Himself, the One True God, part of the Trinity.

Fear of God in any of His forms is a gift. Fear of anything else is a sin.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know you are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

(Chorus:)
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

“You Never Let Go” – Matt Redmond

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