I feel like everyone in my family has some kind of irrational fear.
Allie, my 10-year-old, was scared of the movie The Incredibles until she was 6 years old. I have no idea why. And my wife Veronica is terrified of spiders. It doesn’t matter how small the spider is, her reaction would make you think it’s huge and requires Hazmat gear and a compound bow to remove. Again, this fear is totally irrational to me. It’s just a spider.
We all know someone with an irrational fear. Maybe others think you have one of your own. But when you have the presence of Jesus in your life, all fears are irrational.
After Jesus rebuked the wind and the waves and calmed the storm in Mark 4, he also rebuked the disciples for being afraid. Now, it seems to me that their fears were legitimate. They thought they were going to die. If there’s ever a time to be fearful, that would be it.
Did they really think God would let them sink with Jesus in their boat? They should have known better. If Jesus was going to make it to the other side (which he was), and if he was in their boat (which he was), that meant they would make it to the other side, too.
But because the disciples didn’t understand the power of Jesus over the storm, they feared the storm. Had they feared Jesus and understood his power, they wouldn’t have been afraid of the storm at all. Continue Reading…