“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
What are your greatest fears? Can you take a piece of paper to write down your fears? I have heard people say that it is wrong to have fears but the truth is that our fears are our greatest treasures. Until we face our fears squarely, we would never know what God is capable of doing.
Life is a classroom, fear is the examination script on which is written test questions for our promotion to the next level. Inability to face your fears can be likened to a student who refuses to come to class on examination day. What happens? He remains in that class forever.
Abraham had every reason to fear when he was told to sacrifice Isaac but he went ahead to tie the boy upon the altar. He wanted to see what lies on the other side of his fear. Dear friends, life’s greatest blessings are on the other side of our fears. Let us begin to use our fears to our advantage.
The key to conquering fear is Faith. It is with faith that a student goes to the hall on examination day. Faith makes us believe that the questions no matter how tough are not above us – that God is greater than any problem we can possibly think of.
Faith makes us relax even when others are panicking. Mind you, being relaxed is not the same thing as spiritual laxity. That Jesus was asleep during a storm did not mean he was asleep all through the day. He was such a prayerful person that he would wake very early in the morning to pray and at times pray all through the night.
When we pray like Jesus, we can afford to relax because even the things that are about to happen will be somehow revealed to us and then, we are able to see the bigger picture and look beyond our petty challenges. When you put everything in God’s hands, you start seeing the hand of God in everything – even those things you consider as difficulties or problems.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, may my faith be like that of Abraham. Amen.
Bible Study: Hebrews 11:2-19, Psalm in Luke 1:69-75 and Mark 4:35-41).