Why are you afraid? Have you ever been asked that question? And why would anyone ask it?
I’ve pondered this question for sometime now because I have been asked that question before. When I am asked that question, I usually have one of two responses: I get defensive because admitting that I’m afraid seems weak, or I feel cared for because someone noticed my fear emotions.
When Jesus asked this question it sounded like this in the King James Version: “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Matthew 8:26.
What is going on in this scripture is Jesus’ response to the disciples emotions when a furious storm suddenly came up on the lake that they were on.
Let’s review the story: “When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!’” (Matthew 8:23-25, NASB).
Then Jesus said: “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26, Amplified Bible).
Then Jesus got up and told the wind to be silent, and the sea became perfectly calm. The disciples were utterly amazed and said in response, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8: 27, NIV).
Are you afraid? Why are you afraid?
From what we can gather in this story, when we are afraid it is because our faith is little.
What is your faith like today?
If your faith is little, get in the boat with Jesus and let Him calm your storm. And I’m sure you will have the same response as the disciples. You will be utterly amazed.
I have been utterly amazed in the last month in how Jesus is calming everything inside of me, no matter what is going on outside of me.
What kind of man is Jesus? The kind who has the power and desire to take the winds and waves of our lives and get them to go silent and calm.
If the winds and waves obey Jesus, maybe we should consider that, too. And then our faith would be big, and we wouldn’t be afraid.
Why are you afraid? Jesus is noticing your fear emotions. Yes, we are weak, so let Him calm your storm.