Fear is a universal problem, and it is as old as the garden.
The moment that Adam and eve disobeyed God, fear set in. Unlike before the fall when the couple freely fellowshiped with God, they ran for cover out of fear the next time their guest showed up.
There is no comprehensive cure for the problem of fear, except what Eliza e. Hewitt recognized. The fact that Jesus saves is the only panacea to our fears and doubts. On a number of occassions, the disciples of Jesus literally became paranoid. However, the master would always drive their fears away by giving them assurance of his presence.
Today, Jesus is still going around stopping people's fears, and commanding his peace instead. He can take care of what you most dread.
The origin of fear could be traced back to the fall of man.
Since then a whole range of other factors are known to trigger fear in people. Drawing from the examples of the disciples of Jesus, we see a number of things that threw them into panic. At one time Jesus said,
"Let us cross over to the other side "*(Mark 4:35)*
On that trip the wind was so vehement against them that they cried out for fear.
So, inclement weather or unpleasant life experiences could be at the root of what we fear.
The passage before us shows the context of another thing that worried the disciples. This time too, they were in the boat; the only difference being the fact that Jesus was not physically present with them and it was night. Jesus walked on water to join them. The preceding verses showed their reactions.
'Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went on them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying "it is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear"*(verses 25-26)*
Here, misinterpretation of what they saw triggered their fear. Till today many are still troubled due to wrong interpretation of the issues of life. Many things that cause fear on the surface are actually divine solution coming to us! Regardless of how their fear came, Jesus always spoke a word of assurance to them. A word from Jesus is a sure cure for all fears!.
Have you ever ever looked back on the hard times in your life and thought,
“I don’t know how I would have made it through that if I hadn’t worried?”
Nobody reflects on their past and concludes,
“Money sure was tight, but worry really pulled me through.”
“Junior High was difficult. I only wish I could have worried more.”
“The diagnosis was frightening, but then I got all my friends to worry with me.”
If we all took just a few seconds right now and worried about making car payments, paying off the mortgage, being without insurance or anything, we’re wouldn’t live one second longer.
I haven’t checked this with the doctors yet, but I don’t think they will ever stand at the bedside and say,
*“Well, sir, it doesn’t look any good.and all we can do at this point is worry and panic.
Reasons why you shouldnt be afraid
We will not die apart from God’s gracious decree for his children.
(James 4:15; Matthew 10:29–30; Deuteronomy 32:39).
Curses and divination do not hold sway against God’s people, no matter what (Numbers 23:23).
The plans of terrorists and hostile nations do not succeed apart from our gracious God almighty (Psalm 33:10; Isaiah 8:9–10).
Man cannot harm us beyond God’s gracious will/desire for us all (Psalm 118:6; Psalm 56:11).
Our God promises to protect his own from all that is not finally good for them (Psalm 91:14).